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 But silence and accountability can’t coexist, and this situation demands accountability., "How did a police union boss survive allegations of sexual abuse? We deserve to know," 11 Apr. 2021 These claims coexist alongside other racist beliefs pervasive in medicine, such as that Black people have thicker skin and feel less pain than white people. Ayana Jordan, STAT, "Excited delirium: valid clinical diagnosis or medicalized racism? Organized medicine needs to take a stand," 9 Apr. 2021 Thankfully, both analog and digital formats can peacefully coexist in the audiophile ecosystem. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Review: You Might Not Be a True Audiophile Without the State-of-the-Art Ramar Record Brush," 2 Apr. 2021 Marketing advocates of creative concepts can peacefully coexist with their number crunching teammates when the right funnel strategy is deployed. Paul Talbot, Forbes, "How McKinsey Views The Role Of The Funnel In Marketing Strategy," 20 Mar. 2021 In his mind, digital media and new technologies coexist harmoniously with craftsmanship and handwork. April Long, Town & Country, "The Story Behind New Hermes Men's Fragrance H24," 2 Mar. 2021 They are not allowed to gather in each other’s rooms, though each team has a meeting room where players and personnel can coexist at prescribed social distances from each other. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Props to the college hoopsters for their perseverance," 25 Mar. 2021 Here's what people with beards should know and do during the pandemic -- including some possible ways your whiskers and masks could coexist safely. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "To shave or not to shave? How beards may affect Covid-19 risk," 23 Mar. 2021 The truth is that comfort and scaling can’t coexist. Yec, Forbes, "This Is Why Your Business Has Plateaued And How To Scale It," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Apr 2021

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“Coexist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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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