ex·​ist | \ ig-ˈzist How to pronounce exist (audio) \
existed; existing; exists

Definition of exist

intransitive verb

1a : to have real being whether material or spiritual did unicorns exist the largest galaxy known to exist
b : to have being in a specified place or with respect to understood limitations or conditions strange ideas existed in his mind
2 : to continue to be racism still exists in society
3a : to have life or the functions of vitality we cannot exist without oxygen
b : to live at an inferior level or under adverse circumstances the hungry existing from day to day

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Examples of exist in a Sentence

She believes that ghosts really do exist. It's the largest galaxy known to exist. Does life exist on Mars? The Internet didn't exist then. We shouldn't ignore the problems that exist in our own community. Racism still exists in our society. The organization may soon cease to exist if more funding isn't provided.
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Recent Examples on the Web The questions and points made by Zaideman and Riordan, both veterans themselves, highlights the need for the partnerships so veterans can be connected to services like that which already exist. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 16 July 2021 It’s the one the mostly-good version of Kang (Jonathan Majors) allowed to exist. Chris Smith, BGR, 16 July 2021 The Kang that Loki and Sylvie meet is just one of an infinite number of Kangs that exist in various parallel universes. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 16 July 2021 That suggests the Borgs may exist inside the microbe, the researchers say. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 15 July 2021 The lawsuit includes pictures of surfers clogging local roads and assertions about how wide a street needs to be to allow parking to safely co-exist with ambulances and fire trucks. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2021 Many documents were intentionally destroyed, while others exist in university archives and other historical collections, making finding them labor-intensive, especially for tribes that lack the research staff. NBC News, 15 July 2021 These people are getting paid real money by real companies to exist in this space. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, 14 July 2021 But underneath the scenes of normalcy exist a lingering concern: the administration's efforts to promote vaccinations have stalled while the Delta variant rages. Kevin Liptak, Kaitlan Collins And Jeff Zeleny, CNN, 14 July 2021

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First Known Use of exist

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for exist

Latin exsistere to come into being, exist, from ex- + sistere to stand, stop; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand

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The first known use of exist was circa 1568

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19 Jul 2021

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“Exist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exist. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exist

: to have actual being : to be real
: to continue to be or to live


ex·​ist | \ ig-ˈzist How to pronounce exist (audio) \
existed; existing

Kids Definition of exist

1 : to have actual being : be real Do unicorns exist?
2 : to be found : occur Problems exist in every neighborhood.
3 : to continue to live She barely earned enough to exist.

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