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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Many experts point to private Medicare Advantage plans, which now cover one-third of those eligible for Medicare, as proof that private insurers can coexist with the government. New York Times, "How a Medicare Buy-In or Public Option Could Threaten Obamacare," 29 July 2019 The model of competing emotions offered by coexisting pleasure and pain fits our reality much better than the unachievable bliss that the happiness industry is trying to sell us. Rafael Euba, Quartzy, "Why striving for happiness makes people miserable," 23 July 2019 If the atom is spin-up, then the air molecule might be pushed one way, while, if the atom is spin-down, the air molecule goes another way — and these two possibilities coexist. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Darwinism, an Idea to Explain Objective Reality, Passes First Tests," 22 July 2019 In between, stopping the electrons from going directly from one side to another, is a piece of paper soaked in a solution of potassium and water, which coexist as positive potassium ions and negative hydroxide ions. Robert Masse, The Conversation, "How do lithium-ion batteries work?," 15 July 2019 Intrepid is also focused on working alongside local organizations and communities to ensure that locals and travelers do more than coexist — that tourism actually helps places and people thrive. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Leave the world a better place," 9 July 2019 The two umbrella groups, which had coexisted quietly for many years, recently descended into open conflict, even on how to honor the remains of Holocaust victims. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Clash between Jews in Krakow highlights growing acceptance of Chabad in Europe," 3 July 2019 This is not necessarily true, as non-monogamous relationships can coexist with gender conforming roles. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Catholic Church chooses Pride Month as good time to come out against gender science," 12 June 2019 Those cubs could be a voice for a new generation learning to coexist with nature in an era of climate change. Lyndsie Bourgon, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Smokey Bear, the Forest Service’s Legendary Mascot," 10 July 2019

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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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