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existence

noun  /ɪɡˈzɪs·təns/ us  

existence noun (BEING )

[U] the state of being real, or of being known or recognized: During the first few years of its existence, the theater had no permanent home.

existence noun (PRESENCE)

[U] the state of being present or of being a condition: the existence of poverty

existence noun (WAY OF LIVING)

[C usually sing] a way of living, esp. a difficult one: I lead a rather isolated existence here in Washington.
Translations of “existence”
in Korean 존재…
in Arabic وُجود…
in Portuguese existência…
in Catalan existència, vida…
in Japanese 存在…
in Italian esistenza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 存在, 實有, 生活…
in Russian существование, жизнь…
in Turkish varlık, var oluş, mevcudiyet…
in Chinese (Simplified) 存在, 实有, 生活…
in Polish istnienie, egzystencja…
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