subsist

verb
sub·​sist | \səb-ˈsist \
subsisted; subsisting; subsists

Definition of subsist 

intransitive verb

1a : to have existence : be

b : persist, continue

2 : to have or acquire the necessities of life (such as food and clothing) especially : to nourish oneself subsisting on roots, berries and grubs

3a : to hold true

b : to be logically conceivable as the subject of true statements

transitive verb

: to support with provisions

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Synonyms & Antonyms for subsist

Synonyms

be, breathe, exist, live

Antonyms

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

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Examples of subsist in a Sentence

The author's right to royalties shall subsist for the term of the copyright. a love that was as great as any that ever did subsist

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The benefit of being a highly skilled worker is choice, options of where to work and live—that’s the point of subsisting on Soylent and blood boys and four hours of nightly sleep. Lisa Selin Davis, Curbed, "Amazon’s New York City move is bad for the city—and for Amazon’s employees," 20 Nov. 2018 His family subsisted on a wartime diet of beans, chickpeas and cabbage. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "George Hatsopoulos, a CEO Too Busy for Golf, Delved Into Thermodynamics and Economics," 5 Oct. 2018 The Capitol subsists in solitude on Sunday morning. Recuperating. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "An empty US Capitol after McCain’s death is sobering reminder that the clock is ticking," 28 Aug. 2018 These days, Will and Kate live in Kensington Palace in London, but back in her bachelorette phase, Kate wasn't living in a hovel with roommates and subsisting on ramen and hope like many recent grads. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Net Worth Before She Married Prince William Will Make Your Jaw Drop," 22 Sep. 2018 On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Lena Dunham Gained 24 Pounds—and Is Happier Than Ever," 10 July 2018 On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lena Dunham Shares Body Positive Message, Feels 'Happy Joyous & Free' After Weight Gain," 10 July 2018 The coach’s critique did not sit well with Kelly Rippon, a former dancer who remembers subsisting on sandwiches that consisted of two lettuce leaves wrapped around a tomato slice. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Adam Rippon on Quiet Starvation in Men’s Figure Skating," 13 Feb. 2018 The breakdowns still came, but not to an extent that Boston could subsist on them. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Celtics Finally Act Their Age as Cleveland Exposes Boston's Inexperience," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of subsist

1549, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for subsist

Late Latin subsistere to exist, from Latin, to come to a halt, remain, from sub- + sistere to come to a stand; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand

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subsist

verb

English Language Learners Definition of subsist

: to exist or continue to exist

subsist

verb
sub·​sist | \səb-ˈsist \
subsisted; subsisting

Kids Definition of subsist

: to continue living or being They subsisted on bread and water.

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