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 In recent years social media has helped Muslim fashion designers, photographers and amateur tastemakers definitively prove to the rest of the world that religious modesty and creative personal style can coexist. New York Times, "18 Art Exhibitions (and 1 Architectural Wonder) in N.Y.C. Right Now," 12 Mar. 2020 Local politicians and business people often proclaim that the oil industry and environment can coexist without getting in each other’s way. Washington Post, "Editorial Roundup: Louisiana," 22 Jan. 2020 Whereas for n classical bits the state occurs in only one of the 2n possibilities, for n quantum bits all 2n possibilities can coexist. Urbasi Sinha, Scientific American, "Quantum Slits Open New Doors," 7 Jan. 2020 It should be noted that the HBO series and Doomsday Clock coexist separate and apart from each other, in different fictional universes, despite in theory both emerging from the same starting point. Graeme Mcmillan, Wired, "The World of Watchmen Ended Twice This Week," 18 Dec. 2019 That notion, that growth and sustainability can coexist, is one Jackson has repeated often in her time at the company. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Can Apple keep growing without extracting anything more from the earth?," 12 Dec. 2019 Some opponents contend that wolves cannot coexist in a state with nearly 6 million people. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Rural Coloradans deserve greater say on wolf reintroduction," 12 Dec. 2019 Neither Kia nor Chevy will be looking to sell many base models, but the Seltos and Trailblazer are welcome signs that affordability and the shift from compact and subcompact to SUVs can coexist. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "8 vehicles guaranteed to draw crowds, spark debates at LA auto show," 23 Nov. 2019 This allows repeat offenders to coexist alongside the overwhelming majority of advisers and firms that have pristine records of customer service. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Wall Street’s watchdog is obscuring data that could protect investors," 3 Mar. 2020

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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 4 Apr. 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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