Meaning of “existing” in the English Dictionary

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"existing" in British English

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existingadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ɪɡˈzɪs.tɪŋ/ us /ɪɡˈzɪs.tɪŋ/

B2 used to refer to something that exists now:

The existing laws covering libel in this country are thought by many to be inadequate.
Under the existing conditions many children are going hungry.

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  • The results of the new research would seem to conflict with existing theories.
  • I think we can plumb the new bath into the existing pipes.
  • The government wants to toughen up the existing drug laws.
  • Any new video system that is incompatible with existing ones has little chance of success.
  • The new pill will be used alongside existing medicines.

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

"existing" in American English

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existingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪɡˈzɪs·tɪŋ/

that exists or is being used at the present time:

Under existing conditions, many children are not getting an adequate education.

(Definition of “existing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)