- to exist; continue in existence.
- to remain alive; live, as on food, resources, etc.
- to have existence in, or by reason of, something.
- to reside, lie, or consist (usually followed by in).
- to have timeless or abstract existence, as a number, relation, etc.
- to have existence, especially independent existence.
- to provide sustenance or support for; maintain.
Origin of subsist
Examples from the Web for subsist
Why does our government think it's okay for them to subsist on french fries and soda?The Government is Still Failing Kids on School Lunches
May 25, 2014
She announced her intention to subsist on a diet of water and fish broth, an estimated 200-400 calories per day.The Hunger Strike Diet: You Don't Lose Weight AND You Accomplish Your Goal!
January 24, 2013
He begins his days at 4:30 a.m., hits the gym by 5, appears to subsist on energy bars, and is said to be “calm, quite—and deadly.”Steve Jobs Resigns
August 25, 2011
You ask me why, tho' ill at ease Within this region I subsist?
Her friendly relations with him continued to subsist even after his marriage.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
How,” Parson Lute demanded, with a start, “does she––ah––subsist?The Cruise of the Shining Light
Those of us who are alive in the morning will subsist upon the enemy.Standish of Standish
Jane G. Austin
It is said that a person can subsist longer upon them than upon any other kind.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
- (often foll by on) to be sustained; manage to liveto subsist on milk
- to continue in existence
- (foll by in) to lie or reside by virtue (of); consist
- to exist as a concept or relation rather than a fact
- to be conceivable
- (tr) obsolete to provide with support
Word Origin and History for subsist
1540s, "to exist," from Latin subsistere "to stand still or firm," (see subsistence). Meaning "to support oneself" (in a certain way) is from 1640s. Related: Subsisted; subsisting.