Definition of exist in English:

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exist

Pronunciation: /iɡˈzist/

verb

[no object]
1Have objective reality or being: remains of these baths still exist on the south side of the Pantheon there existed no organization to cope with espionage
More example sentences
  • In other words, knowledge is always of a reality that exists independently of knowers and perceivers.
  • According to one physicist reality only exists because we think it does.
  • Again, it is surprising that the most attractive faces do not even exist in reality.
Synonyms
live, be alive, be living;
be;
happen
1.1Be found, especially in a particular place or situation: two conflicting stereotypes of housework exist in popular thinking today
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  • This is the situation that exists between Hawaii and the continental United States.
  • A similar situation exists in the amount of traffic trying to use York.
  • Lastly, we cannot ignore the tensions in the Gulf, where a warlike situation exists.
Synonyms
prevail, occur, be found, be in existence;
be the case
2Live, especially under adverse conditions: how am I going to exist without you? only a minority of people exist on unemployment benefits alone
More example sentences
  • I don't want you to get the idea that I exist on takeaways and ready meals, because I don't.
  • We exist on donations and all volunteers are drawn mainly from local churches.
  • Are we making it so easy for them to exist on begging that they feel no need to do any work?
Synonyms
survive, subsist, live, support oneself;
manage, make do, get by, scrape by, make ends meet

Origin

Early 17th century: probably a back-formation from existence.

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  • consist from Late Middle English:

    Fron Latin consistere ‘stand firm or still, exist’, sistere ‘set, stand (still), stop’, also the source of assist (Late Middle English) originally ‘take your stand’; desist (Late Middle English) ‘stand down, stop’; exist (early 17th century) ‘come into being’, literally ‘stand out’; insist (late 16th century) ‘stand upon [an argument]’; and resist (Late Middle English) ‘stand back or against’.

Words that rhyme with exist

assist, cist, coexist, consist, cyst, desist, enlist, gist, grist, hist, insist, list, Liszt, mist, persist, resist, schist, subsist, tryst, twist, whist, wist, wrist

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Syllabification: ex·ist

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