Definition of coexist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkəʊɪɡˈzɪst/


[no object]
1Exist at the same time or in the same place: dwarf mammoths may have survived in north-east Siberia to coexist with the Egyptian pharaohs
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  • Modern Western medical practices coexist with traditional healing methods and the use of medicinal plants.
  • The company says the wind farm would coexist with existing agricultural practices supporting farm diversification.
  • Traditional musical genres coexist with music performed by modern village orchestras.
1.1(Of nations or peoples) exist in harmony despite different ideologies or interests: the task of diplomacy was to help different states to coexist
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  • The piece reflected the identity of the contemporary Indian who coexists with persons of different faiths.
  • I like movies that deal with people, especially people from different cultures coexisting and trying to get along.
  • Different religions coexisting in Kerala has been an inspiring experience to him.



Pronunciation: /kəʊɪɡˈzɪstənt/
Example sentences
  • Some authors have suggested that anorexia nervosa patients with coexistent depression might be more likely to respond to antidepressants.
  • The historical, familial, and community attributes of the berth system are outlined, as are the characteristics of the coexistent common ground fishery.
  • Pathologists need to stress the requirement for complete excision and thorough sampling of these benign tumors so as not to miss a coexistent carcinoma.


Mid 17th century: from late Latin coexistere, from co- 'together' + existere 'exist', from ex- 'out' + sister 'take a stand'.

Words that rhyme with coexist

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

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