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verb (used without object)
  1. to have actual being; be: The world exists, whether you like it or not.
  2. to have life or animation; live.
  3. to continue to be or live: Belief in magic still exists.
  4. to have being in a specified place or under certain conditions; be found; occur: Hunger exists in many parts of the world.
  5. to achieve the basic needs of existence, as food and shelter: He's not living, he's merely existing.
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Origin of exist

1595–1605; < Latin ex(s)istere to exist, appear, emerge, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + sistere to stand
Related formsex·ist·er, nounnon·ex·ist·ing, adjectiveun·ex·ist·ing, adjective

Synonyms for exist

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Examples from the Web for non-existing

Historical Examples of non-existing

  • And what do we call the idea of a thing which we can conceive of as non-existing?

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy

    Benjamin Franklin Cocker

  • If the reference refers to a non-existing block, it is not linked.

    Memorabilia Mathematica

    Robert Edouard Moritz

  • Nothing but the unfolding, which is as yet in the non-existing future, can explain the manner of the close folding of character.

    Ceres' Runaway

    Alice Meynell

  • Abolition of the right to settle or entail for non-existing lives.

    Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)

    Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson

  • He could do as he pleased with one, who, to the world was practically a non-existing person.

British Dictionary definitions for non-existing


verb (intr)
  1. to have being or reality; to be
  2. to eke out a living; stay alive; surviveI can barely exist on this wage
  3. to be living; live
  4. to be present under specified conditions or in a specified placesharks exist in the Pacific
  5. philosophy
    1. to be actual rather than merely possible
    2. to be a member of the domain of some theory, an element of some possible world, etc
    3. to have contingent being while free, responsible, and aware of one's situation
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Derived Formsexisting, adjective

Word Origin for exist

C17: from Latin exsistere to step forth, from ex- 1 + sistere to stand
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Word Origin and History for non-existing



c.1600, from French exister (17c.), from Latin existere/exsistere "to step out, stand forth, emerge, appear; exist, be" (see existence). "The late appearance of the word is remarkable" [OED]. Related: Existed; existing.

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