verb (used without object)
to have actual being; be: The world exists, whether you like it or not.
to have life or animation; live.
to continue to be or live: Belief in magic still exists.
to have being in a specified place or under certain conditions; be found; occur: Hunger exists in many parts of the world.
to achieve the basic needs of existence, as food and shelter: He's not living, he's merely existing.

1595–1605; < Latin ex(s)istere to exist, appear, emerge, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + sistere to stand

exister, noun
nonexisting, adjective
unexisting, adjective

3. survive, persist, last, endure, stay, remain.
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exist (ɪɡˈzɪst)
1.  to have being or reality; to be
2.  to eke out a living; stay alive; survive: I can barely exist on this wage
3.  to be living; live
4.  to be present under specified conditions or in a specified place: sharks exist in the Pacific
5.  philosophy
 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]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from Fr. exister, from L. exsistere (see existence). "The late appearance of the word is remarkable" [OED]. Related: Existed; existing
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Example sentences
The first signs that life can exist in the deepest seas were nets full of
  mangled goo.
Nuclear bombs cleverly concealed in suitcases don't exist in real life.
Today it's perhaps too cold for life to exist there.
As with other life forms, they exist to reproduce, and does so about every hour.
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