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?
Recent Examples on the Web Few people claim more authority on the topic of coexisting with tech than B. J. Fogg, whose new book, Tiny Habits, was published December 31. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Live Your Best Life—On and Off Your Phone—in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 There are more than 80,000 Shinto shrines across Japan, and nearly as many Buddhist temples, and the two have generally coexisted peacefully after Buddhism’s introduction to Japan in the 6th century, along with Confucian thought from China. Washington Post, "Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan," 5 Dec. 2019 That’s an in-your-feast message, but co-leader Mahtowin Munro says the group is determined to get Americans to look beyond the Thanksgiving myth of European settlers and native people coexisting peacefully. USA TODAY, "A subway Thanksgiving, too-high horse, gift wrap wars: News from around our 50 states," 27 Nov. 2019 For over two decades, the country has experienced relatively smooth democratic governance, with the vast majority of the diverse Ghanaian population coexisting peacefully. Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Essence, "Evangelicals Target Ghana In The ‘Year Of Return’," 18 Nov. 2019 The meaning of that event has undergone significant revisions over time, morphing from a comforting tale of new arrivals and native people peacefully coexisting into one of land grabs, enslavement, rape and genocide. New York Times, "A State Wrestles With Its Imagery: A Sword Looming Over a Native American," 7 Sep. 2019 Thus, religious beliefs could, on the one hand, help people accept and coexist with the animals. Bhanu Sridharan, Quartz India, "In a Himalayan Indian village, “leopards escort humans safely”," 24 Dec. 2019 But this one community in India (below) has figured out not only how to peacefully coexist with leopards but to actually welcome them ... even after one of the cats tried to steal a baby. National Geographic, "What makes this cardinal so fascinating?," 19 Dec. 2019 Humans and tech have always coexisted and coevolved, but this decade brought us closer together—and closer to the future—than ever. Popular Mechanics, "The Bot Decade: How AI Took Over Our Lives in the 2010s," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Coexist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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