subsist on

Definition of subsist on

  1. :  to use (something) as a way to stay alive :  to live on (something) poor people subsisting on just one or two dollars a day The villagers subsist almost entirely on rice and fish. (humorous) My brother subsists on pizza.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to have existence :  be

    :  persist, continue

    :  to have or acquire the necessities of life (as food and clothing)

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capable of being understood in two ways

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