Definition of exist in English:


Syllabification: ex·ist
Pronunciation: /iɡˈzist


[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
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  • 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.
live, be alive, be living;
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.
prevail, occur, be found, be in existence;
2Live, especially under adverse conditions: how am I going to exist without you? only a minority of people exist on unemployment benefits alone
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  • 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?


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

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