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EXIST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does exist mean? 

EXIST (verb)
  The verb EXIST has 2 senses:

1. have an existence, be extant
2. support oneself

  Familiarity information: EXIST used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXIST (verb)


Sense 1exist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have an existence, be extant

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

exist; be

Context example:

Is there a God?

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "exist"):

come (be found or available)

distribute (be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses)

flow (be abundantly present)

endanger; imperil; jeopardise; jeopardize; menace; peril; threaten (pose a threat to; present a danger to)

belong; consist; dwell; lie; lie in (originate (in))

hold; obtain; prevail (be valid, applicable, or true)

coexist (exist together)

kick about; kick around; knock about (be around; be alive or active)

preexist (exist beforehand or prior to a certain point in time)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2exist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Support oneself

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

subsist; exist; survive; live

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "exist"):

breathe (be alive)

indwell (to exist as an inner activating spirit, force, or principle)

drift; freewheel (live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s on something
Somebody ----s PP


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