co·ex·ist | \ˌkō-ig-ˈzist \
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 \ noun
coexistent \ˌkō-ig-ˈzi-stənt \ adjective

Examples of coexist in a Sentence

The species coexist in the same environment. Can the two countries peacefully coexist?

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Despite their governments’ debate, Canadian and American fishermen typically coexist in this area relatively peacefully — with a few notable exceptions. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Canadian Fisherman Say U.S. Border Patrol Is ‘Harassing’ Their Boats in Disputed Waters Off Maine," 5 July 2018 On the plus side, Gaynor says the study does suggest that many animals are finding ways to adapt to human presence and ultimately, coexist. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Fear of Humans Is Forcing Daytime Animals Into Night Mode," 14 June 2018 That is to say, the web and the offline world coexist as one ever-growing ecosystem. Jessica Leigh Hester, WIRED, "What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes," 7 May 2018 The groups coexisted with no apparent animosity or controversy, save for some dueling chants. Adam Kilgore,, "In U.S. women's hockey rout of Russians, Olympic controversies are on ice," 13 Feb. 2018 Dividing up the day, through what researchers call temporal partitioning, may be a mechanism by which people and wildlife can coexist on an ever more crowded planet. Kaitlyn Gaynor, CNN, "To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift," 14 June 2018 From childhood, Rich was gripped by the idea of finding the prehistoric mammals that coexisted with dinosaurs, and Vickers-Rich was fascinated by ancient birds. Katie Worth, Scientific American, "When Scientists Are Mad about Each Other," 14 Feb. 2014 Walk me through your thinking on how the concepts of internet privacy and cybersecurity coexist in your mind, and in the language throughout GDPR. Jeff Stone, WSJ, "Irish Data Commissioner Says GDPR Will Compel Companies to Clarify Privacy Warnings," 15 June 2018 Residents attempt to figure out how to coexist with the flocks of new vehicles cropping up on roadways and right-of-ways. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How cities should regulate the scooter surge," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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