Exist Definition

existed, exists
existed, exists
To have reality or actual being; be.
Webster's New World
To have life; live.
One of the worst actors that ever existed.
American Heritage
To live at a minimal level; subsist.
Barely enough income on which to exist.
American Heritage
To continue being; live.
The refugees barely exist.
Webster's New World
To occur or be present.
The qualities that exist in a person.
Webster's New World

Origin of Exist

  • From French exister, from Latin existō (“to stand forth, come forth, arise, be”), from ex (“out”) + sistere (“to set, place”), caus. of stare (“to stand”); see stand. Compare assist, consist, desist, insist, persist, resist.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin existere, exsistere to come forth, be manifest ex- ex- sistere to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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