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noun existence pronunciation in American English /ɪɡˈzɪstəns/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the state of being a real or living thing, or of being present in a particular place, time, or situation
    The tests confirm the existence of a brain tumor.
    come into existence/go out of existence: The company came into existence at the end of the 1980s.
    in existence: the only copy of the book that is still in existence
  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] the way that someone lives their life, especially when their life is difficult
    Jones led a miserable existence in an isolated village for several years.
    a hand-to-mouth existence (=having hardly enough food or money to live on): He lived a hand-to-mouth existence in a poor area of Los Angeles.
    eke out an existence (=manage to live under difficult conditions): Families struggle to eke out an existence in this harsh environment.


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