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"exist" in British English

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existverb [I]

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzɪst/
  • exist verb [I] (BE)

B1 to be, or to be ​real: I don't ​thinkghosts exist. Poverty still exists in this ​country.

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  • exist verb [I] (LIVE)

C1 to ​live, or to ​live in ​difficultconditions: Some ​species exist in this ​smallarea of ​forest and ​nowhereelse on ​earth. Few ​people can exist without ​water for more than a ​week. No one can be ​expected to exist on such a ​lowsalary.
(Definition of exist from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exist" in American English

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existverb [I]

 us   /ɪɡˈzɪst/
  • exist verb [I] (TO BE)

to be; have the ​ability to be ​known, ​recognized, or ​understood: Can the ​mind exist ​independently of the ​body? Programs like ​Medicaid for the ​poor did not exist at that ​time.
  • exist verb [I] (BE PRESENT)

to be ​present or be a ​condition: Yourlocalagency can ​tell you if a ​similarprogram exists in ​yourcommunity.
  • exist verb [I] (LIVE)

to be ​able to ​live: No one can be ​expected to exist on such a ​lowsalary.
(Definition of exist from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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