1. To be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or real being, whether material or spiritual. "Who now, alas! no more is missed Than if he never did exist." (Swift) "To conceive the world . . . To have existed from eternity." (South)
Synonyms: See Be.
Origin: L. Existere, exsistere, to step out or forth, emerge, appear, exist; ex out + sistere to cause to stand, to set, put, place, stand still, fr. Stare to stand: cf. F. Exister. See Stand.
(01 Mar 1998)
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