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 coexistence (audio) \ noun
coexistent \ ˌkō-​ig-​ˈzi-​stənt How to pronounce coexistent (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 That’s resulted in a flourishing ecosystem within the garden walls, a place where koi fish, birds, plants and people all coexist in harmony. oregonlive, "What it’s like to visit Portland’s favorite attractions in pandemic times," 4 Sep. 2020 Even here, most days, humans and sharks coexist in the waves without incident. Rebecca Renner, New York Times, "How to Survive in the ‘Shark Attack Capital of the World’," 3 Sep. 2020 As in humans, promiscuity and possessiveness can coexist: The nesting male aims to monopolize his partner’s matings, and that means running off rival males. National Geographic, "They may look goofy, but ostriches are nobody’s fool," 4 Aug. 2020 In a perfect city, the old and new would coexist with mutual acknowledgment and respect. James Lileks, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis' midcentury modern Public Service Center may not be worth saving, but it's worth remembering," 29 Nov. 2019 This is one of two systems that could coexist as named storms in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. Carlie Wells,, "Tropical Storm Laura forms in Atlantic, expected to head to Gulf of Mexico: See latest track," 21 Aug. 2020 In fact, that so many sports will attempt to coexist forms the backbone of one overriding question: Do athletics departments have the infrastructure to support and conduct a sizable percentage or even all of their sports at the same time? Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Spring college football becomes focus for some conferences, but could it work?," 13 Aug. 2020 There’s no reason, Prelinger adds, that historical films in their pure form can’t coexist with enhanced counterparts. Matt Simon, Wired, "AI Magic Makes Century-Old Films Look New," 12 Aug. 2020 The two can coexist, of course — but only one was allowed to exist. Darren Franich,, "The lovely lost black-ish episode finally takes its place in TV history: Review," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Sep 2020

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“Coexist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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