: to have actual being : be real <Do unicorns exist?>
: to be found :occur<Problems exist in every neighborhood.>
: to continue to live <She barely earned enough to exist.>
Word Root of EXIST
The Latin word sistere, meaning “to stand,”“to appear,”“to stop,” or “to put,” gives us the root sist. Words from the Latin sistere have something to do with standing, appearing, stopping, or putting. To assist, or help, is to stand by someone in order to give aid. To consist is to be made up of a number of thing put together. To exist, or have actual being, is to appear real. To persist is to refuse to stop doing or saying something.