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[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 , as food and shelter:
He’s not living, he’s merely existing.
verb (intransitive)
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


c.1600, from French exister (17c.), from Latin existere/exsistere “to step out, stand forth, emerge, appear; exist, be” (see existence). “The late appearance of the word is remarkable” [OED]. Related: Existed; existing.


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