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

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 shark awareness, and learning to coexist with sharks, is becoming a way of life on the Cape. Pamela Wright,, 18 May 2022 The sixth and final episode of Marvel's Moon Knight found reconciliation for Marc Spector and Steven Grant (both played by Oscar Isaac), as the two alter egos finally learned to coexist and helped defeat Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) and Ammit. Devan Coggan,, 5 May 2022 That means learning to coexist with it using tools like vaccines, masks and restrictions as needed. Peggy Drexler, CNN, 27 Mar. 2022 Before that fateful day, the records show that English colonists had hoped to coexist with Indigenous Americans around Chesapeake Bay. Peter C. Mancall, Time, 22 Mar. 2022 Preventive measures like these can limit the ballooning losses from wildfires, including devastating air quality due to wildfire smoke, while also allowing humans to more safely coexist with natural fires. Alexandra Konings, The Conversation, 7 Feb. 2022 The companies will continue to coexist as stand-alone brands. Jonathan Burgos, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Intersectional environmentalism, which considers the ways identity and environmentalism intertwine, has taught me a lot about holding space for nuance and how two truths can coexist at the same time. ELLE, 23 Apr. 2022 There are a few different theories on how both high inflation and a stagnating economy can coexist, however. Veronika Dolar, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2022

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“Coexist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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