subsist

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verb sub·sist \səb-ˈsist\

Definition of subsist

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to have existence :  beb :  persist, continue

  3. 2 :  to have or acquire the necessities of life (such as food and clothing); especially :  to nourish oneself subsisting on roots, berries and grubs

  4. 3a :  to hold trueb :  to be logically conceivable as the subject of true statements

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to support with provisions

Examples of subsist in a sentence

  1. The author's right to royalties shall subsist for the term of the copyright.

  2. a love that was as great as any that ever did subsist

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 1549



SUBSIST Defined for English Language Learners

subsist

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verb sub·sist \səb-ˈsist\

Definition of subsist for English Language Learners

  • : to exist or continue to exist


SUBSIST Defined for Kids

subsist

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verb sub·sist \səb-ˈsist\

Definition of subsist for Students

subsisted

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subsisting

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



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