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VERB (2)

1. have an existence, be extant;
- Example: "Is there a God?"
[syn: exist, be]

2. support oneself;
- Example: "he could barely exist on such a low wage"
- Example: "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?"
- Example: "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"
[syn: exist, survive, live, subsist]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Exist \Ex*ist"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Existed; p. pr. & vb. n. Existing.] [L. existere, exsistere, to step out or forth, emerge, appear, exist; ex out + sistere to cause to stand, to set, put, place, stand still, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. exister. See Stand.] 1. To be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or real being, whether material or spiritual. [1913 Webster] Who now, alas! no more is missed Than if he never did exist. --Swift. [1913 Webster] To conceive the world . . . to have existed from eternity. --South. [1913 Webster] 2. To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great evils existed in his reign. [1913 Webster] 3. To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as, men can not exist in water, nor fishes on land. Syn: See Be. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

exist v 1: have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?" [syn: exist, be] 2: 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" [syn: exist, survive, live, subsist]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

89 Moby Thesaurus words for "exist": Be, abide, abide in, be, be alive, be animate, be coextensive with, be comprised in, be constituted by, be contained in, be extant, be found, be in existence, be located, be met with, be present, be present in, be situated, be the case, be there, bide, breathe, carry on, consist in, continue, continue to be, defeat time, defy time, draw breath, dwell, dwell in, endure, exist in, extend, fetch breath, get along, get by, go on, happen, happen to be, have being, have life, have place, hold, hold on, hold out, indwell, inhabit, inhere, inhere in, keep, keep on, last, last long, last out, lie, lie in, live, live and breathe, live on, live through, maintain, move, obtain, occur, perdure, perennate, persist, prevail, remain, repose in, reside, reside in, respire, rest in, run, run on, stand, stay, stay on, subsist, subsist in, survive, sustain, tarry, tide over, walk the earth, wear, wear well