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verb [intransitive] exist pronunciation in American English /ɪɡˈzɪst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleexisting
past tenseexisted
past participleexisted
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  1. 1
    to be real, or to appear in the real world
    Dragons don’t exist.
    1. a.
      to be present in a particular place, time, or situation
      Opportunities exist in our company for experienced engineers.
      There is no evidence that life exists on other planets.
      She walked past me as if I didn’t exist.
      exist to do something: The union exists to promote your interests.
      cease to exist: The company officially ceased to exist at midnight on March 31st.
  2. 2
    to manage to live, especially under difficult conditions
    exist on: You can’t exist on only 500 calories a day.
    exist for: How can I exist for a week without seeing you?
    You can’t exist for long without water.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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