co·​ex·​ist | \ˌkō-ig-ˈzist \
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 \ noun
coexistent \ˌkō-​ig-​ˈzi-​stənt \ adjective

Examples of coexist in a Sentence

The species coexist in the same environment. Can the two countries peacefully coexist?

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All of them can and often do become problematic for people attempting to coexist in the same area. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018 Toronto is, charmingly, a Whitman’s Sampler of different cultures, all of which have found the means not just to coexist, but to thrive—and, right now, is there anything better than that? Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where We Went This Weekend: Toronto, Denver and St. Barts," 18 June 2018 The project was originally scheduled to begin Memorial Day weekend, but concern from the public and members of the board about how e-bike riders would coexist with others on multi-use trails delayed the start date. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Parks Board allows e-bikes on five Seattle trails," 16 July 2018 The Dallas-Fort Worth Wildlife Coalition published guidelines alerting residents to how to identify and coexist with bobcats and why shooting or relocating the animal isn’t a feasible solution. Aditi Shrikant,, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 Paradoxically coexisting with Josh's dismissive side was his great gift for warmth and friendship. Kenneth Turan,, "Film critic Kenneth Turan remembers Josh Greenfeld, a screenwriter who taught him about life," 7 June 2018 Despite their governments’ debate, Canadian and American fishermen typically coexist in this area relatively peacefully — with a few notable exceptions. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Canadian Fisherman Say U.S. Border Patrol Is ‘Harassing’ Their Boats in Disputed Waters Off Maine," 5 July 2018 On the plus side, Gaynor says the study does suggest that many animals are finding ways to adapt to human presence and ultimately, coexist. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Fear of Humans Is Forcing Daytime Animals Into Night Mode," 14 June 2018 That is to say, the web and the offline world coexist as one ever-growing ecosystem. Jessica Leigh Hester, WIRED, "What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of coexist was in 1667

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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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