[ ig-zis-tuh ns ]
/ ɪgˈzɪs təns /


the state or fact of existing; being.
continuance in being or life; life: a struggle for existence.
mode of existing: They were working for a better existence.
all that exists: Existence shows a universal order.
something that exists; entity; being.

Origin of existence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word ex(s)istentia. See exist, -ence

Related forms

post·ex·ist·ence, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for existence

British Dictionary definitions for existence


/ (ɪɡˈzɪstəns) /


the fact or state of existing; being
the continuance or maintenance of life; living, esp in adverse circumstancesa struggle for existence; she has a wretched existence
something that exists; a being or entity
everything that exists, esp that is living
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012