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.]
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.
To conceive the world . . . to have existed from eternity.
To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great evils existed in his reign.
To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as, men can not exist in water, nor fishes on land.
Syn. -- See Be.
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