exist

verb
ex·​ist | \ig-ˈzist \
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for exist

Synonyms

be, breathe, live, subsist

Antonyms

depart, die, expire, pass away, perish, succumb

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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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In the weeks following the revelation, the CEO responsible for the Superfish debacle insisted that no threat existed, despite near unanimity among security professionals that the practice was nothing short of reckless. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs," 28 Nov. 2018 Sad that such poison exists in this beauty community thanks to YOU. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Reignites His Feud With Huda Kattan: "Tell Huda Beauty to F*ck Off"," 24 Oct. 2018 Jack had a pre-existing heart condition long before the fatal house fire. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "10 Significant Moments You Missed From 'This Is Us' Last Night," 17 Oct. 2018 The mythical half-human, half-fish hybrid may not exist in real life, but these Halloween decorations look scary-realistic. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Mermaid Skeletons Are Here to Make a Splash This Halloween," 10 Oct. 2018 But that doesn't mean that coalition is evenly represented, that the disparities between them doesn't exist. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Laverne Cox and Rosario Dawson Go Deep on Intersectional Feminism," 8 Oct. 2018 These are issues that have existed since the nation’s founding, including the central conflict between the ideology of white supremacy and the ideal of democracy. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 The most successful models are the handful of pre-apprenticeship programs that exist in New York, Vermont, Oregon, and a few other states. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018 The fee is also unlike the cap-and-trade program that exists in California, where emitters buy and sell credits that permit them to emit CO2 at regular credit auctions. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "States will vote on these energy and environment issues in midterm elections," 4 Nov. 2018

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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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More Definitions for exist

exist

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exist

: to have actual being : to be real

: to continue to be or to live

exist

verb
ex·​ist | \ig-ˈzist \
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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