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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Recent Examples on the Web

How did you get started in the industry?I was a buyer at a nice store in Maryland called Hutzler’s, which doesn’t exist anymore, but was sort of the Bergdorf Goodman of Baltimore. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Dianne Benson, A Maverick Retailer in 1980s New York, Talks Fashion, Art, and Collaborators Like David Wojnarowicz and Cindy Sherman," 13 July 2018 The more critical thing was, at that time, the battery that GM wanted didn’t exist. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A daughter of Detroit defies odds, takes car industry into the future," 13 July 2018 The growing greatness of the 27-year-old is something to behold, but also something that almost didn’t exist. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising's Chris Cortez enjoying big season, life in Arizona, 'Game of Thrones'," 13 July 2018 However, aura can also cause other sensory issues, like pins and needles, weakness or numbness in the face or one side of the body, or hearing things that don’t exist, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 Those circumstances don’t exist at Alabama at the moment. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Why Florida's Successful Chris Leak/Tim Tebow QB Model Probably Isn't Right for Alabama This Year," 12 July 2018 Lusail, the city that will host the World Cup final in four years, does not really exist yet. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018 That definition, which X uses to separate the delivery drones from the invisibility cloaks, didn’t exist in 2010, when X first took shape. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 That could create an artificial spike in cases that appears to suggest a causal relationship between, in this example, the pandemic vaccine and incidence of narcolepsy — even if such a relationship doesn’t exist. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A stubborn medical mystery: Was pandemic flu vaccine tied to an increase in narcolepsy cases?," 5 July 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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