|Exist (Ex*ist") (?), v. i.
[imp. & p. p. Existed; p. pr. & vb. n. Existing.]
[L. existere, exsistere, to step out or forth, (as in front of the senses mz) emerge, appear, exist; ex out + sistere to cause to stand (before the senses, mind and soul mz), to set, put, place, stand still, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. exister. See Stand.]
1. To be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or real being, whether material or spiritual. "Who now, alas! no more is missed Than if he never did exist." Swift. "To conceive the world . . . to have existed from eternity." South.
2. To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great evils existed in his reign.
3. To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as, men can not exist water, nor fishes on land.
Synonyms -- See Be.
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