subsist

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

Definition of subsist

intransitive verb

1a : to have existence : be
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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For three weeks earlier this summer, the 142nd had been conducting an emergency deployment readiness exercise in Wyoming, training and sleeping outdoors, subsisting on field rations. Bob Greene, WSJ, "A Soldier Never Forgets North Platte," 22 July 2018 Those prices are roughly in line with global standards but still out of reach for many Cubans who subsist on state salaries of about $30 a month. Andrea Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones," 5 Dec. 2018 Google's Dragonfly app would allow the company access to a market that has mainly subsisted on homegrown and censorship-friendly internet products, like the search engine Baidu. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Google Employees Sign Protest Letter Against Secretive Chinese Search Engine," 27 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, security agencies work together to counter a drug racket that subsists on American demand and respects no boundaries. The Economist, "Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer," 21 June 2018 For the nearly 35% of the workforce that subsists on freelance income, taxes can be extra tricky. Josh Smith, USA TODAY, "Top 15 questions people are asking this tax season," 15 Mar. 2018 In the wake of these legal costs, Theranos has been subsisting on a loan backed by its patent portfolio since late last year. Christopher Weaver, WSJ, "Theranos Settles Investor Suit as Funds Run Low," 22 July 2018 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

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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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