exist

The verb exist means to live, to have reality. Dodos no longer exist because they were hunted to extinction.

It's not only "live" things that exist. The government exists, as does your fear of heights. Anything that can be acknowledged in the present, exists. Another meaning for the verb exist is to support oneself or survive. If someone doesn't have a job, they may have to exist on unemployment benefits until they find one.

DEFINITIONS OF: exist

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v have an existence, be extant

Synonyms:
be
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come
be found or available
preexist
exist beforehand or prior to a certain point in time
kick about, kick around, knock about
be around; be alive or active
coexist
exist together
indwell
to exist as an inner activating spirit, force, or principle
hold, obtain, prevail
be valid, applicable, or true
consist, dwell, lie, lie in
originate (in)
endanger, imperil, jeopardise, jeopardize, menace, peril, threaten
pose a threat to; present a danger to
flow
be abundantly present
distribute
be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses
dwell, inhabit
exist or be situated within
coexist
coexist peacefully, as of nations
co-occur, coincide, cooccur
go with, fall together

v support oneself

“he could barely exist on such a low wage”
Synonyms:
live, subsist, survive
endure, go, hold out, hold up, last, live, live on, survive
continue to live through hardship or adversity
Types:
breathe
be alive
drift, freewheel
live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
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