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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: Your local agency can tell you if a similar program exists in your community.
  • exist verb [I] (LIVE)

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







"exist" in British English

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existverb [I]

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

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

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  • exist verb [I] (LIVE)

C1 to live, or to live in difficult conditions: Some species exist in this small area of forest and nowhere else on earth. Few people can exist without water for more than a week. No one can be expected to exist on such a low salary.
(Definition of exist from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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