Definition of “exist” - English Dictionary

“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 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:

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)