co·​ex·​ist | \ ˌkō-ig-ˈzist How to pronounce coexist (audio) \
coexisted; coexisting; coexists

Definition of coexist

intransitive verb

1 : to exist together or at the same time
2 : to live in peace with each other especially as a matter of policy

Other Words from coexist

coexistence \ ˌkō-​ig-​ˈzi-​stən(t)s How to pronounce coexist (audio) \ noun
coexistent \ ˌkō-​ig-​ˈzi-​stənt How to pronounce coexist (audio) \ adjective

Examples of coexist in a Sentence

The species coexist in the same environment. Can the two countries peacefully coexist?
Recent Examples on the Web In March, the Biden administration unveiled a plan to help Americans coexist with the coronavirus as safely as possible. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 Broden sought to create a place where vegans and meat-eaters could coexist, and where customers could learn about healthy foods. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 19 June 2022 In one of Arizona's most famous small towns, where cowboys and hippies coexist, official pride celebrations have returned to Bisbee after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2022 The technology invokes the sensation that worshippers coexist in a non-physical, parallel reality with the Buddhist deity. Byhyerim Lee, ABC News, 15 June 2022 Whether the two can coexist without one impacting the effectiveness of the other is one of the many billion-dollar metaverse questions waiting for an answer. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 13 June 2022 Toward the end, Salka and Arnaldur get into an argument that explores whether the political and the personal can coexist. Jane Smiley, Washington Post, 6 June 2022 In a world that didn't necessarily need another Smash Bros. clone, the devs at Player First Games have seemingly cracked the code—and made something that could neatly coexist with Nintendo's massive hit, if not surpass it. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 19 May 2022 And yet their true stories of the war differed immensely, which, to me, only illustrates how many different historical (and even physical) realities can coexist at once. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Coexist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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