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"existence" in British English

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existencenoun

uk   /ɪɡˈzɪs.təns/  us   /ɪɡˈzɪs.təns/
B2 [U] the fact of something or someone existing: Many people question the existence of God. Modern cosmology believes the universe to have come into existence about 15 billion years ago. The theatre company that they started is still in existence today.
C1 [C usually singular] a particular way of life: She has a miserable existence living with him.

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(Definition of existence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"existence" in American English

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existencenoun

 us   /ɪɡˈzɪs·təns/
  • 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.
(Definition of existence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “existence”
in Arabic وُجود…
in Korean 존재…
in Portuguese existência…
in Catalan existència, vida…
in Japanese 存在…
in Chinese (Simplified) 存在, 实有, 生活…
in Turkish varlık, var oluş, mevcudiyet…
in Russian существование, жизнь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 存在, 實有, 生活…
in Italian esistenza…
in Polish istnienie, egzystencja…
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