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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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 After taking your measurements to a pre-existing pattern, gowns are sized to the largest measurement in the mix; i.e. pear shapes should expect bodices to be too big, while busty silhouettes will likely have lots to take in at the waist and hips. Melissa Colgan, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Shop for a Wedding Dress—When Bridal Salons Aren’t What You’d Expect," 11 Dec. 2018 Arbiter also noted that duty comes first for the royals, especially when there is a pre-existing conflict. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Camilla Is Not Attending Princess Eugenie's Wedding Today," 12 Oct. 2018 But few may know that the Reagan family's TV home, set in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood, actually exists. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'Blue Bloods' House Where the Reagans Have Their Family Dinners Is a Real Place," 22 Feb. 2019 The cameras exist to potentially enable passengers to make entertainment selections with hand gestures, the spokesman said. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Two Major Airlines Admit to Undisclosed Cameras in Aircraft Entertainment Systems," 22 Feb. 2019 Savanna would have been able to pay off the tower’s existing debt, fund renovations and upgrades, and likely still collect a profit, said a person familiar with the matter. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "New York Property Firm Hit the Jackpot. Then Amazon Pulled Out.," 21 Feb. 2019 The self-priming formula couldn't be easier to use: paint two coats on top of existing paint, drywall or masonry, and let dry. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Textured Wall Finishes," 7 Feb. 2019 Minimalist and icy, Arctic captures the utter indifference of wild nature to human existence — and the will of some humans to keep on existing anyhow. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Arctic is a pure distillation of the man vs. nature genre," 1 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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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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