AskDefine | Define exist

Dictionary Definition



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]

User Contributed Dictionary



From ex(s)istere (to exist).



  1. to be; have existence; have being or reality



to be




  1. I exist

Extensive Definition

Exist may stand for:
  • Exist Global is a software engineering services firm that develops, designs and delivers enterprise-class products and cutting-edge web applications for some of the world’s most successful businesses, including a number of Fortune 500 companies
  • EXIST NASA proposed Energetic X-ray Imaging Survey Telescope (EXIST)
  • eXist, an open source database management system built on XML
  • to exist, a verb. See existence.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Be, abide, abide in, be, be alive, be animate, be coextensive with, be comprised in, be constituted by, be contained in, be extant, be found, be in existence, be located, be met with, be present, be present in, be situated, be the case, be there, bide, breathe, carry on, consist in, continue, continue to be, defeat time, defy time, draw breath, dwell, dwell in, endure, exist in, extend, fetch breath, get along, get by, go on, happen, happen to be, have being, have life, have place, hold, hold on, hold out, indwell, inhabit, inhere, inhere in, keep, keep on, last, last long, last out, lie, lie in, live, live and breathe, live on, live through, maintain, move, obtain, occur, perdure, perennate, persist, prevail, remain, repose in, reside, reside in, respire, rest in, run, run on, stand, stay, stay on, subsist, subsist in, survive, sustain, tarry, tide over, walk the earth, wear, wear well
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