subsist on

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of subsist on

: 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

subsist play
  1. : to have existence : be

  2. : persist, continue

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


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