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 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 The goal of vaccination isn’t eradication, but a détente in which humans and viruses coexist, with the risk of disease at a tolerable low. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Some Vaccinated People Are Going to Get Infected," 19 Mar. 2021 There may be an in-house cafe, communal spaces, and all the latest digital tools wired throughout the building, but these features coexist with quiet spots for solitary scholarship. New York Times, "For Maya Lin, a Victory Lap Gives Way to Mourning," 17 Mar. 2021 Foy said residents could refer to to learn ways to coexist with coyotes and other wildlife. Matthias Gafni,, "Rogue Moraga coyote linked by DNA to two recent attacks," 13 Dec. 2020 The more important question was how Harden and Irving would coexist in the backcourt as two ball-dominant forces who are used to handling the bulk of the play-making duties. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "5 things to watch in the NBA on Tuesday: Nets putting things together even without Kevin Durant," 23 Feb. 2021 The team Denver took down in a thrilling playoff series, Utah, is hoping its core of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert can coexist peacefully after there was a rift in their relationship following Gobert's positive coronavirus diagnosis in March. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "As NBA season begins, stars — and drama — again tell the story," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Apr 2021

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“Coexist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 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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