coexist

verb

co·​ex·​ist ˌkō-ig-ˈzist How to pronounce coexist (audio)
coexisted; coexisting; coexists

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
coexistence noun
coexistent 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 the issue of reconciling opposites relates to a final principle: soaring idealism and brutal realism can coexist. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Joy and sadness aren’t mutually exclusive, and that duality can, in fact, coexist. Akiva Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 The 45-key property manages to achieve the near-impossible hospitality feat: Its five-star features — including a spa, indoor swimming pool, steam room, and on-site restaurant, Montagu's Mews — coexist alongside a decidedly boutique, home-like atmosphere. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 Everything - faith, food, music, gestures - coexisted and complemented each other in such a special way. Caterina De Biasio, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2024 But her Milan coexists with my current Milan; my new rituals won’t erase hers. Kristina Kasparian, Longreads, 6 Feb. 2024 That diversification has driven aggregate resilience–even if that coexists with pain in many parts of the economy. Mike Sommers, Fortune Europe, 1 Feb. 2024 An inept, feckless and unpopular Palestinian Authority, a voiceless Palestinian people, armed settlers and an Israeli military with an ambiguous mission coexist in the treacherous vacuum of putative but ever-more-inconceivable Palestinian statehood. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Biden faces treacherous political choices in answering deadly attack The two camps have coexisted uneasily for years. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coexist was in 1667

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“Coexist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coexist. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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coexist

verb
co·​ex·​ist ˌkō-ig-ˈzist How to pronounce coexist (audio)
1
: to exist together or at the same time
2
: to live in peace with each other
coexistence noun
coexistent adjective

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