1 to have being or reality; to be
2 to eke out a living; stay alive; survive
he could barely exist on such a low wage
4 to be present under specified conditions or in a specified place
sharks exist in the Pacific
a to be actual rather than merely possible
b to be a member of the domain of some theory, an element of some possible world, etc.
c to have contingent being while free, responsible, and aware of one's situation
(C17: from Latin exsistere to step forth, from ex-1 + sistere to stand)
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus
1 abide, be, be extant, be living, be present, breathe, continue, endure, happen, last, live, obtain, occur, prevail, remain, stand, survive
2 eke out a living, get along or by, keep one's head above water, stay alive, subsist, survive
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
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