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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Origin of existing


Other words from existing

  • non·ex·ist·ing, adjective
  • un·ex·ist·ing, adjective

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