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noun existence pronunciation in British English /ɪɡˈzɪst(ə)ns/
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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 tumour.

    in existence:

    the only copy of the book that is still in existence

    come into existence/go out of existence:

    The company came into existence at the end of the 1980s.

  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 London.

    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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