- to have actual being; be: The world exists, whether you like it or not.
- to have life or animation; live.
- to continue to be or live: Belief in magic still exists.
- to have being in a specified place or under certain conditions; be found; occur: Hunger exists in many parts of the world.
- to achieve the basic needs of existence, as food and shelter: He's not living, he's merely existing.
Origin of exist
1595–1605; < Latin ex(s)istere to exist, appear, emerge, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + sistere to stand
Synonyms for exist
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- to have being or reality; to be
- to eke out a living; stay alive; surviveI can barely exist on this wage
- to be living; live
- to be present under specified conditions or in a specified placesharks exist in the Pacific
- to be actual rather than merely possible
- to be a member of the domain of some theory, an element of some possible world, etc
- to have contingent being while free, responsible, and aware of one's situation
Word Origin for exist
C17: from Latin exsistere to step forth, from ex- 1 + sistere to stand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper