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English definition of “subsist”

subsist

verb [I]     /səbˈsɪst/ formal
to get enough food or money to stay alive, but no more: The prisoners were subsisting on a diet of bread and water.Coping and not copingDealing with things or peopleTolerating and enduringLife and living
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