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

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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 Its inhabitants coexist in peace, and all nationalities are welcomed. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Two Centuries of Exploring Antarctica," 14 Jan. 2021 So the best way to coexist with them is with humane deterrents. René A. Guzman,, "White-tailed deer: These icons of Texas roam most of the U.S.," 12 Jan. 2021 Some can cause illness, but many simply coexist with you. David Pride, Scientific American, "Viruses Can Help Us as Well as Harm Us," 7 Dec. 2020 These numbers, however, coexist with a dismal political track record. Lucien Chauvin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Three presidents in one week: Peruvian youths say ‘enough’," 18 Nov. 2020 When asked to revisit why the Wolves couldn't coexist with Butler beyond one playoff season, Wiggins laughed again and demurred. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "As Timberwolves prepare for Warriors, Andrew Wiggins reflects on the past," 24 Jan. 2021 Salem thinks the Endless and the Void can coexist, but Brina points out that all the script pages are blank after the Void arrives. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap: This Is Not My Beautiful House," 1 Jan. 2021 The neighborhood was one of few places where Black and Native Americans could coexist without experiencing daily, virulent oppression. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "On Long Island, a Beachfront Haven for Black Families," 1 Oct. 2020 The Nets’ jaw-dropping trade for James Harden has initiated a grand experiment never before tried at this scale: Can three ball-dominant playmakers coexist after spending most of their careers in offenses tailored to their needs? New York Times, "One Basketball Might Not Be Enough for the New-Look Nets," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Feb 2021

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“Coexist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coexist

: to exist together or at the same time
: to live in peace with each other

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