Subsist Sub*sist", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Subsisted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subsisting}.] [L. subsistere to stand still, stay, remain alive; sub under + sistere to stand, to cause to stand, from stare to stand: cf. F. subsister. See {Stand}.] 1. To be; to have existence; to inhere. [1913 Webster]

And makes what happiness we justly call, Subsist not in the good of one, but all. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To continue; to retain a certain state. [1913 Webster]

Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To be maintained with food and clothing; to be supported; to live. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

To subsist on other men's charity. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Subsist — Sub*sist , v. t. To support with provisions; to feed; to maintain; as, to subsist one s family. [1913 Webster] He laid waste the adjacent country in order to render it more difficult for the enemy to subsist their army. Robertson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subsist — ► VERB 1) maintain or support oneself, especially at a minimal level. 2) chiefly Law remain in being, force, or effect. 3) (subsist in) be attributable to. ORIGIN Latin subsistere stand firm …   English terms dictionary

  • subsist — I verb abide, be, be nurtured, be supported, be sustained, constare, continue, endure, esse, exist, go on, hold on, last, live, maintain, outlast, outlive, perdure, persist, prevail, remain, remain alive, stand fast, stay, stay alive, survive II… …   Law dictionary

  • subsist — (v.) 1540s, to exist, from L. subsistere to stand still or firm, (see SUBSISTENCE (Cf. subsistence)). Meaning to support oneself (in a certain way) is from 1640s. Related: Subsisted; subsisting …   Etymology dictionary

  • subsist — *exist, live, *be …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • subsist — [v] keep going, living barely exist*, be, breathe, continue, eke out a living*, eke out an existence*, endure, exist, get along*, get by*, hang in*, hang on*, hang tough*, just make it*, last, live, make ends meet*, make it*, manage, move, remain …   New thesaurus

  • subsist — [səb sist′] vi. [L subsistere, to stand still, stay, abide < sub , under + sistere, to place, stand, redupl. of base of stare, to STAND] 1. a) to continue to be or exist; have existence as a reality, entity, etc. b) to continue to be in use,… …   English World dictionary

  • subsist — UK [səbˈsɪst] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms subsist : present tense I/you/we/they subsist he/she/it subsists present participle subsisting past tense subsisted past participle subsisted 1) to stay alive when you do not have much food or… …   English dictionary

  • subsist — sub|sist [səbˈsıst] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: subsistere [i] to come to a stop, remain, exist , from sistere to come to a stand ] 1.) to stay alive when you only have small amounts of food or money = ↑survive subsist on ▪ We had to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • subsist — v. (d; intr.) to subsist on * * * [səb sɪst] (d; intr.) to subsist on …   Combinatory dictionary

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