[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.
Who now, alas! no more is missed
Than if he never did exist. --Swift.
To conceive the world . . . to have existed from
2. To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great
evils existed in his reign.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?" [syn:
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,