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 The two worlds here - the ultrawealthy and the vulnerable residents of settlements such as the Mudd - have coexisted for years. Kevin Sieff,, "When Hurricane Dorian blew through the Bahamas, it exposed one of the world’s great faultlines of inequality," 16 Sep. 2019 Itinerary Itinerary Iceland is a country of extremes, where geysers and lava flows coexist with powerful waterfalls and calving glaciers. National Geographic, "Iceland Expedition: Land of Fire and Ice," 15 Sep. 2019 In a world where cartoons coexist with humans, a private eye tries to clear a long-eared fugitive of murder charges. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 There's something nice about just coexisting — just to be with her, take her on errands. Jenny Allen, Good Housekeeping, "Between Friends," 7 July 2010 Both sides have also agreed to business terms that will allow ATK and Kimball’s new venture, called Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, to coexist. Jon Chesto,, "Christopher Kimball, America’s Test Kitchen settle legal battle," 22 Aug. 2019 Carrying a seven-man bullpen for most of the season allowed both to coexist. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros trade Tyler White, plan to move on from Tony Kemp," 25 July 2019 But in the second half of the 20th century much of the West’s political right found ways for such impulses to coexist. The Economist, "Conservatism is fighting for its life against reactionary nationalism," 4 July 2019 There, mythological creatures struggle to coexist with intolerant humans, who restrict their ability to freely live, love, or fly. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "TV this week: Taylor Swift performs at VMAs; ‘The Affair’ returns," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of coexist

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of coexist was in 1667

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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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