coexist

[ koh-ig-zist ]
/ ˌkoʊ ɪgˈzɪst /

verb (used without object)

to exist together or at the same time.
to exist separately or independently but peaceably, often while remaining rivals or adversaries: Although their ideologies differ greatly, the two great powers must coexist.

Nearby words

  1. coeval,
  2. coevolution,
  3. coevolve,
  4. coexecutor,
  5. coexecutrix,
  6. coexistence,
  7. coextend,
  8. coextensive,
  9. coextrusion,
  10. cofactor

Origin of coexist

First recorded in 1670–80; co- + exist

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British Dictionary definitions for coexist

coexist

/ (ˌkəʊɪɡˈzɪst) /

verb (intr)

to exist together at the same time or in the same place
to exist together in peace
Derived Formscoexistence, nouncoexistent, adjective

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Word Origin and History for coexist

coexist

v.

1670s, from co- + exist. Of political/economic systems (especially with reference to communism and the West) from 1931. Related: Coexisted; coexisting.

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