Hypertext Webster Gateway: "exist"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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
eternity. --South.

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 water, nor fishes on land.

Syn: See {Be}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?" [syn: {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: {survive},
{live}, {subsist}]

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