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English definition of “exist”


verb [I] (LIVE)    /ɪɡˈzɪst/
C1 to live , or to live in difficult conditions : Some species exist in this small area of forest and nowhere else on Earth . Few people can exist without water for more than a week . No one can be expected to exist on such a low salary .Existing and beingLiving or sleeping somewhereLife and living
(Definition of exist verb (LIVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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