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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exist, beverb

    have an existence, be extant

    "Is there a God?"

  2. exist, survive, live, subsistverb

    support oneself

    "he could barely exist on such a low wage"; "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?"; "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"


  1. existverb

    to be; have existence; have being or reality

  2. Etymology: From existo, from ex + sistere, caus. of stare; see stand. Compare assist, consist, desist, insist, persist, resist.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EXISTverb

    To be; to have a being.

    Etymology: existo, Latin.

    It is as easy to conceive that an infinite Almighty Power might produce a thing out of nothing, and make that to exist de novo, which did not exist before; as to conceive the world to have had no beginning, but to have existed from eternity. Robert South, Sermons.

    It seems reasonable to enquire, how such a multitude comes to make but one idea, since that combination does not always exist together in nature. John Locke.

    One year is past; a different scene!
    No farther mention of the dean:
    Who now, alas, no more is mist
    Than if he never did exist. Jonathan Swift.


  1. exist

    To exist means to have objective reality or being; to be actual or real; to live at a certain time or place. It can also mean having presence in the perceived world, possessing life, consciousness or awareness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Existverb

    to be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or real being, whether material or spiritual

  2. Existverb

    to be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great evils existed in his reign

  3. Existverb

    to live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as, men can not exist water, nor fishes on land


  1. eXist

    eXist is an open source database management system entirely built on XML technology, also called a native XML database. Unlike most relational database management systems, eXist uses XQuery, which is a W3C Recommendation, to manipulate its data. eXist is released under version 2.1 of the GNU LGPL.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exist

    egz-ist′, v.i. to have an actual being: to live: to continue to be.—n. Exist′ence, state of existing or being: continued being: life: anything that exists: a being.—adjs. Exist′ent, having being: at present existing; Existen′tial. [L. existĕre, exsistĕreex, out, sistĕre, to make to stand.]

Editors Contribution

  1. existnoun

    Sold direct from excluding third person singular present of the first Saint. 1.) have objective reality or being found in a particular place or situation. 2.) Live under adverse conditions benefiting alone with any person's supposed current, future, or past.

    Everything that I need and want exist within my heart.

    Etymology: The Most High

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 4, 2024  

  2. exist

    To have reality or life.

    They did exist in a very simple and basic reality.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exist' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1902

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exist' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2604

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exist' in Verbs Frequency: #199

Anagrams for exist »

  1. sixte

  2. exits

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exist in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of exist in a Sentence

  1. Piet Hein:

    The Universe may be as great as they say. But it wouldn't be missed if it didn't exist.

  2. Bernarda Villalona:

    When you're talking about the criminal justice system, members of the public have to be a part of the trial -- they have to be able to see it. Transparency has to exist in order for there to be any trust in the criminal justice system.

  3. Adam Leventhal:

    We hope our study raises awareness of people who are concerned about the health of teens that these products exist, that they are commonly used, and it would be worth opening up a line of dialogue between teens and teachers and parents about these products.

  4. Mark Twain:

    Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

  5. Jacek Mazurek:

    Unfortunately, proven approaches do not currently exist to improve outcomes through early detection of malignant mesothelioma.

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