from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To have actual being; be real.
- intransitive v. To have life; live: one of the worst actors that ever existed.
- intransitive v. To live at a minimal level; subsist: barely enough income on which to exist.
- intransitive v. To continue to be; persist: old customs that still exist in rural areas.
- intransitive v. To be present under certain circumstances or in a specified place; occur: "Wealth and poverty exist in every demographic category” ( Thomas G. Exter).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to be; have existence; have being or reality
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or real being, whether material or spiritual.
- intransitive v. To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be.
- intransitive v. To live; to have life or the functions of vitality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To have actual being of any kind; actually be at a certain moment or throughout a certain period of time.
- Hence To live; continue to have life or animation: as, men cannot exist without air, nor fishes without water.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. have an existence, be extant
- v. support oneself
Latin existere, exsistere, to come forth, be manifest : ex-, ex- + sistere, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin existō ("to stand forth, come forth, arise, be"), from ex ("out") + sistere ("to set, place"), caus. of stare ("to stand"); see stand. Compare assist, consist, desist, insist, persist, resist. (Wiktionary)