[ ig-zist ]
/ ɪgˈzɪst /

verb (used without object)

to have actual being; be: The world exists, whether you like it or not.
to have life or animation; live.
to continue to be or live: Belief in magic still exists.
to have being in a specified place or under certain conditions; be found; occur: Hunger exists in many parts of the world.
to achieve the basic needs of existence, as food and shelter: He's not living, he's merely existing.

Origin of exist

1595–1605; < Latin ex(s)istere to exist, appear, emerge, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + sistere to stand


ex·ist·er, noun non·ex·ist·ing, adjective un·ex·ist·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for exist

/ (ɪɡˈzɪst) /

verb (intr)

to have being or reality; to be
to eke out a living; stay alive; survive I can barely exist on this wage
to be living; live
to be present under specified conditions or in a specified place sharks exist in the Pacific
  1. to be actual rather than merely possible
  2. to be a member of the domain of some theory, an element of some possible world, etc
  3. to have contingent being while free, responsible, and aware of one's situation

Derived forms of exist

existing, adjective

Word Origin for exist

C17: from Latin exsistere to step forth, from ex- 1 + sistere to stand