coexist

verb
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?

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South Korea preferred to treat a central body as a matter of formality for phased reunification so that two Koreas could coexist as a completely independent state. Hyuk Kim, Washington Post, "What will North and South Korean leaders talk about tomorrow? Here’s a cheat sheet.," 26 Apr. 2018 The outdoors is the first thing many people associate with Norway, but the country’s compact capital, where nature closely coexists with urbanity, is an increasingly popular destination. Vogue, "How to Spend a Romantic, Relaxed Day in Oslo," 28 Aug. 2018 As president of @AfricanParks, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Previously Unseen Photo From Their Botswana Trip," 4 Apr. 2019 Ultimately, fashion eccentrics and relaxed streetwear savants coexisted beautifully in our survey of the streets in Tokyo. Vogue, "At Tokyo Fashion Week, Goths, Punks, and Skaters Ruled the Streets," 25 Mar. 2019 Then, see where ancient culture meets the modern world in Baku, Azerbaijan and Yerevan, Armenia, where ruins, medieval monasteries and sleek, modern museums all coexist in harmony. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book Immediately," 15 Mar. 2019 One thing that won’t change is OnePlus’ current device track: Lau says the new 5G device will coexist alongside its existing 4G LTE phones because 5G won’t be available worldwide by next year. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "OnePlus plans to have the first 5G phone in Europe," 29 Oct. 2018 Once housed separately, the museums now peacefully coexist in the expanded and modernized Fogg Museum building. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Museums in Boston You'll Want To Visit," 17 July 2018 People from Sri Lanka, Slovakia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines and Canada all live in the neighborhood, and normally coexist peacefully. Tamara Lush, The Seattle Times, "Toronto shooter’s neighbors knew nothing of mental illness," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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coexist

verb

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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