exist

verb
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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

That is why my book delves into their pasts and the culture that shaped them into two people who consider rules, including the rule of law, as something that exists for other people. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "Vicky Ward on Why She Wrote About Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's Unprecedented White House Role," 17 Mar. 2019 One example was an analysis of all public screenshots of this game that had existed prior to their discovery. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "You can now download the long-lost (and unfinished) SimCity NES port," 26 Dec. 2018 That scenario likely won’t exist this year with a big boost in prize money and points. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "PGA Tour contemplating cut to top 65 and ties," 19 Feb. 2019 Getty Images Romantic comedies can’t exist without bets. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Is All Rom-Com Love Based on a Lie?," 12 Feb. 2019 In fact, not only is organic hair dye not necessarily safer than synthetic hair dye, organic hair dye simply doesn't exist. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Organic and Natural Hair Color Formulas," 9 Jan. 2019 For Qualcomm, that has the potential to affect the future phones of its existing customers, which include Google, OnePlus, and the U.S. version of Samsung’s Galaxy phones. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 mobile chip as it readies for 5G," 4 Dec. 2018 There’s also the fact that ’90s styles like babydoll dresses and mesh tops already sell well with Dolls Kill’s existing customers. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Delia’s, the iconic ’90s fashion catalog, is back — sort of," 2 Nov. 2018 Still, that leaves open the possibility that Skolsky too was jumping on a pre-existing term. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "How Did the Academy Award Become the ‘Oscar’?," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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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 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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