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 For example, a curved, contemporary sofa might coexist with a raw-edge wood coffee table and a jute area rug. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2021 Excellence can coexist with foibles and weaknesses. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2021 In La Tourette, those concepts coexist in even greater harmony, enjoyed not only by the Dominican monks who live there but also by scholars and artists who travel there to study, meditate and pay their respects to a master working at his height. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 Nature has a rule — no two or more organisms with the same ecological requirements can coexist in the same environment permanently. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 But with a healthier and more anthropological understanding of human nature, applied in our day-to-day habits and interactions, as well as to our processes for policy- and lawmaking, maybe the two definitions can coexist peacefully. Nora Kenney, National Review, 22 July 2021 Lawyers, political scientists, engineers, and historians will coexist with social activists, stay-at-home mothers, and school bus drivers, among others. Daniela Mohor W., CNN, 4 July 2021 While video interviewing might never fully replace the in-person interview, the two can and should coexist. Mark C. Perna, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Artist and incubator Theaster Gates has been building up the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood piece by piece over the years with spaces for artists and residents to coexist with culture and beauty. Darcel Rockett,, 3 Sep. 2021

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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 22 Oct. 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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