already or previously in place, before being replaced, altered, or added to:Fundraising costs money, and recruiting new donors is more expensive than asking existing supporters to give a little more.
having actual being or life:The great ornithologist Alexander Wetmore, who died in 1978, allegedly declared that all existing species of birds had already been discovered.
occurring in a specified place or under specified conditions:Members of committees dealing with the behavior of intelligence services met to discuss the existing challenges and exchange best practices.
achieving only the basic needs of existence, as food and shelter:Forrest Bess was a marginally existing bait fisherman and artist who lived in a ramshackle cabin on the Gulf of Mexico.
- non·ex·ist·ing, adjective
- un·ex·ist·ing, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use existing in a sentence
It will be interesting to see how Walmart integrates this technology into its existing chain, though from the sound it, Walmart would essentially be relying on non-professionals to delivery goods like groceries.Walmart is buying JoyRun assets to add ‘peer-to-peer’ product delivery | Brian Heater | November 20, 2020 | TechCrunch
Making matters worse, the report found that the world’s most vulnerable people aren’t getting the financial assistance they need to withstand such disasters, even though the funds they require exist.Natural disasters are increasing. The world’s poorest are left to fend for themselves. | Jariel Arvin | November 20, 2020 | Vox
Unless your purchase represents a significant upgrade from what you already own — say, swapping out your old gas-guzzling car for an electric vehicle — you are better off trying to refurbish or repurpose existing items than acquiring more stuff.Trying to shop sustainably? Here’s what you need to consider. | Sarah Kaplan | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Members of Hue & Cry — of the Sly Stone-ish single, “Labour of Love” — went on-record in an interview to note their hit was really a polemic “about the love affair that existed between parts of the British working class and Margaret Thatcher.”Almost anarchy: The Style Council and the smooth sounds of sophisti-pop | Mina Tavakoli | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
For starters, the game that would provide his career did not exist until he was in middle school.
He also wants to “replace every existing organism with a better one.”
In short, the existing data makes fracking seem like a judgment call.
Despite the long-existing travel ban, Americans have already been visiting Cuba by the droves.
In The Affair, “the others” are the existing partners and even the children that Noah and Helen have, much-loved as they are.How Will They End ‘The Affair’? Showtime’s Adultery Drama Defies Predictability | Tim Teeman | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Every possible outcome—them together, them staying with their existing partners—seems only likely to bring misery.How Will They End ‘The Affair’? Showtime’s Adultery Drama Defies Predictability | Tim Teeman | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The relation existing between the balmy plant and the commerce of the world is of the strongest kind.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The Spaniards, indeed, feigned to regard them only as a remnant of the rebels who had joined the pre-existing brigand bands.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The evolution theory alleges that they were evolved, slowly, by natural processes out of previously existing matter.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
That—and no existing institution and no current issue—is the primary concern of the present age.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
But where there is no existing relation between the words or ideas, it is a case for Synthesis, to be taught hereafter.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)