Subsist Definition

səb-sĭst
subsisted, subsisting, subsists
verb
subsisted, subsisting, subsists
To exist; be.
American Heritage
To continue to be or exist; have existence as a reality, entity, etc.
Webster's New World
To continue to be in use, force, etc.
Webster's New World
To maintain with sustenance; support.
Webster's New World
To maintain life; live.
Subsisted on one meal a day.
American Heritage
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Origin of Subsist

  • From French subsister, from Latin subsistere (“to take a stand or position, stand still, stop, stay, remain, continue"), from sub (“under") + sistere (“to cause to stand, place"). Compare consist, desist, exist, insist, persist.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin subsistere to support sub- sub- sistere to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

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

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