verb (used without object)
- to have timeless or abstract existence, as a number, relation, etc.
- to have existence, especially independent existence.
verb (used with object)
Origin of subsist
Related Words for subsistbreathe, be, manage, last, continue, move, remain, live, sustain, exist, endure, survive
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of subsist
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.
verb (mainly intr)
- to exist as a concept or relation rather than a fact
- to be conceivable
Word Origin 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.