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Meaning of exist by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin existō ( “to stand forth, come forth, arise, be” ), from ex ( “out” ) + sistere ( “to set, place” ), caus. of stare ( “to stand” ); see stand. Compare assist, consist, desist, insist, persist, resist .


    • IPA: /ɪɡˈzɪst/
    • Rhymes: -ɪst


    External links

    • exist in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • exist in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of exist by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. have an existence, be extant

    2. support oneself

    3. he could barely exist on such a low wage

    Definition of exist by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Exist v. i. [imp. & p. p. Existed; p. pr. & vb. n. Existing.] [L. existere, exsistere, to step out or forth, emerge, appear, exist; ex out + sistere to cause to stand, to set, put, place, stand still, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. exister. See Stand.]
      1. To be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or real being, whether material or spiritual.

      Who now, alas! no more is missed

      Than if he never did exist. Swift.

      To conceive the world . . . to have existed from eternity. South.

      2. To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, “great evils existed in his reign”.

      3. To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as, “men can not exist in water, nor fishes on land”.

      Syn. -- See Be.