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Meaning of exist

ex•ist

Pronunciation: (ig-zist'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to have actual being; be: The world exists, whether you like it or not.
  2. to have life or animation; live.
  3. to continue to be or live: Belief in magic still exists.
  4. to have being in a specified place or under certain conditions; be found; occur: Hunger exists in many parts of the world.
  5. to achieve the basic needs of existence, as food and shelter: He's not living, he's merely existing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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