subsist - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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present tense
present participlesubsisting
past tensesubsisted
past participlesubsisted
  1. 1
    to stay alive when you do not have much food or money
    subsist on:

    The refugees subsist on a diet of rice and vegetables.

  2. 2
    formal to exist
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