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
  1. verb
    have an existence, be extant
    synonyms: be
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    be found or available
    exist beforehand or prior to a certain point in time
    kick about, kick around, knock about
    be around; be alive or active
    exist together
    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
    be abundantly present
    be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses
    dwell, inhabit
    exist or be situated within
    coexist peacefully, as of nations
    co-occur, coincide, cooccur
    go with, fall together
  2. verb
    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
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    be alive
    drift, freewheel
    live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
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