Meaning of “exist” - Learner’s Dictionary

exist

verb [ I ] us uk /ɪɡˈzɪst/
BE REAL

B1 to be real or present:

Do you think that fairies exist?
Poverty still exists in this country.

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LIVE

to live in difficult conditions:

You can't exist without water for more than a week.

(Definition of “exist” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)