- to have timeless or abstract existence, as a number, relation, etc.
- to have existence, especially independent existence.
Origin of subsist
OTHER WORDS FROM subsistsub·sist·ing·ly, adverbpre·sub·sist, verb (used without object)self-sub·sist·ing, adjectivesu·per·sub·sist, verb (used without object)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH subsistsubside, subsist
How to use subsist in a sentence
That’s a tall order for anybody, particularly a celebrity who’s subsisted on a diet of praise since he was a teenager.Ethan Hawke turns his acting experience — and past infidelities — into brilliant fiction|Ron Charles|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
In order to play the gaunt Woodroof, McConaughey went from 182 pounds to 135, subsisting on what he calls “a controlled diet.”Matthew McConaughey In ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: From Bongos to Oscar Contender|Marlow Stern|October 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Soon he was subsisting largely on sugared espresso, canned sardines, and peanut butter.Green Snot and Deadly Snakes: Napoleon Chagnon’s Anthropological Battles|Nick Romeo|February 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was subsisting on frogs, edible roots, and water from the river.Ray Gardner Used Autism Training To Find William LaFever|Laura Colarusso|July 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But the novelty of Mosby's mode of warfare consisted chiefly in the manner of subsisting, quartering and protecting his men.
In relation to the still subsisting war in Europe, my proclamation of the 22d of April, 1793, is the index to my plan.Key-Notes of American Liberty|Various
We crawled from place to place, subsisting upon leaves, and now and then begging of the natives a morsel of cocoa-nut.
Is it guiding, controlling, giving the rule to commerce, as a subsisting thing or is it putting an end to it altogether?Select Speeches of Daniel Webster|Daniel Webster
The men go entirely naked, subsisting themselves by hunting and fishing, and passing much of their time in idleness or war.The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for subsist
- to exist as a concept or relation rather than a fact
- to be conceivable