Definition of exist in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪgˈzɪst
, ɛg-/


[no object]
  • 1Have objective reality or being: dossiers existed on almost everyone of prominence 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, have life, breathe, draw breath; be, have being, have existence, be extant
  • 1.1Occur or be found, especially in a particular place or situation: two conflicting stereotypes of housework exist in popular thinking
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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 met with, be in existence; remain, obtain, continue, last, endure; be the case


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

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