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Definition of "exist" []

  • To have actual being; be real. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have life; live: one of the worst actors that ever existed. (verb-intransitive)
  • To live at a minimal level; subsist: barely enough income on which to exist. (verb-intransitive)
  • To continue to be; persist: old customs that still exist in rural areas. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be present under certain circumstances or in a specified place; occur: "Wealth and poverty exist in every demographic category” ( Thomas G. Exter). (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exist" in a sentence
  • "And I again repeat solemnly Palacký's word that _Austria may exist only so long as her nations wish for it_, and that _she will cease to exist_ as soon as her nations do not want her to exist."
  • "Evolution, seeking to be consistent, answers: "It is true that faculties cannot be evolved out of a thing unless they exist in a crude and undeveloped state in that thing, but these higher faculties _do exist_ in the lower orders, potentially, or in a germ form and are developed and become operative only in the higher forms of life.""
  • "Form is superior to matter, because it needs the latter only to be seen but can exist by itself though not seen; whereas matter cannot _exist_ without form."