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
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|Russell Saunders|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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!|David Frum|January 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.”
They are plovers that subsist largely upon flying insects which they catch when on the wing.Glimpses of Indian Birds|Douglas Dewar
He has been fighting alongside of the French, and has made the discovery that they do not subsist entirely upon frogs.Getting Together|Ian Hay
They now might count on at least six or seven hundred miles of buffalo to subsist them on their way to Oregon.The Covered Wagon|Emerson Hough
This, in conjunction with the loss of supplies at Holly Springs, compelled the entire army to subsist upon the country.The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry|Samuel H. Fletcher
In summer they can easily do this, but in winter they subsist on the dry grass standing on the hills and prairies.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
British Dictionary definitions for subsist
verb (mainly intr)
- to exist as a concept or relation rather than a fact
- to be conceivable
Word Origin for subsist
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.