Existing
Exist Ex*ist", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Existed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Existing}.] [L. existere, exsistere, to step out or forth, emerge, appear, exist; ex out + sistere to cause to stand, 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. [1913 Webster]

Who now, alas! no more is missed Than if he never did exist. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

To conceive the world . . . to have existed from eternity. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great evils existed in his reign. [1913 Webster]

3. To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as, men can not exist in water, nor fishes on land.

Syn: See {Be}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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