From French exister, from Latin existō, exsistō (“I am, I exist, appear, arise”), from ex (“out”) + sistere (“to set, place”) (related to stare (“to stand, to be stood”)), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *stísteh₂ti, from the root *steh₂- (“stand”); see stand. Compare assist, consist, desist, insist, persist, resist. Cognate with Spanish existir, French exister, Italian esistere, German existieren.
exist (third-person singular simple present exists, present participle existing, simple past and past participle existed)
- (intransitive, stative) to be; have existence; have being or reality
- 2012, The Unicode Consortium, The Unicode Standard: Version 6.1 – Core Specification, →ISBN, page 12:
- Various relationships may exist between character and glyph: […]
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- […] , regardless of whether those characters also existed in other character encoding standards.
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- […] , which will be treated either as an update of the existing character encoding or as a completely new character encoding.
- 2021 June 30, Tim Dunn, “How we made... Secrets of the London Underground”, in RAIL, number 934, page 50:
- While you see some of our exploration on camera, I also spent many happy hours between shoots with Chris Nix, digging out dozens of wonderful plans, maps and drawings of projects that I never knew existed, and some that never did exist.
Conjugation of exist
|present tense||past tense|
|2nd-person singular||exist, existest†||existed, existedst†|
|3rd-person singular||exists, existeth†||existed|
- be; See also Thesaurus:exist
- “exist”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “exist”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.