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?

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Even the pasta innovators predict that alternative and traditional pastas will simply coexist in grocery store aisles. Alyssa Cronin, Washington Post, "Why America is embracing the widening world of non-wheat pastas," 14 June 2019 As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Baby Archie Is Reportedly Bringing Prince William and Prince Harry Together," 13 June 2019 Along with the two new consoles, Nintendo is also moving some of the production of its current Switch console outside China, suggesting the three models will coexist for a period of time. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Nintendo starts producing new Switch models outside China to fend off trade war," 12 June 2019 The Pride Lands aren’t a specific African savanna, but the location does teach children many of the different habitats coexisting on the continent. Trevor Fraser,, "Disney on Ice brings a ‘Road Trip’ to Amway Center," 9 June 2019 In 2017, Tillim used the proceeds from his Henri Cartier-Bresson Award to expand upon his project, capturing African cities where traces of historical periods—from colonialism to independence, socialism to global capitalism—coexist. Carole Naggar, The New York Review of Books, "Framing Time: Guy Tillim’s African Street Photography," 25 May 2019 This has been a Mariners season of extremes, where ecstasy and agony have each made cameo appearances, and a sense of dread coexists with the underlying motif of hope. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Only one question matters this Mariners season: How is the step back affecting the step forward?," 19 May 2019 The combination of competition and predation then lets several populations of rival species coexist in equilibrium. Quanta Magazine, "Evolution Saves Species From ‘Kill the Winner’ Disasters," 12 Feb. 2018 Proselytism is a sensitive topic in religious discourse in the North African nation, even though Christians, Muslims and Jews have coexisted peacefully here for centuries. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Pope tells Moroccans “we are brothers and sisters”," 31 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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