Definition of subsist
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 trueb : to be logically conceivable as the subject of true statements
: to support with provisions
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
Recent Examples of subsist from the Web
His family has been fasting for Ramadan, subsisting on staples that have become rare and expensive: lentil soup and bread washed down with water.
This particularly large specimen generally prefers small food, and subsists on a diet of fish, squid and shellfish.
The crew subsisted on a quarter-acre agricultural plot and went about their lives while medical doctors and ecologists observed from outside.
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SUBSIST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of subsist for English Language Learners
: to exist or continue to exist
SUBSIST Defined for Kids
Definition of subsist for Students
: to continue living or being They subsisted on bread and water.
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