Sub·sist v. i. [imp. & p. p. Subsisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Subsisting.]
1. To be; to have existence; to inhere.
And makes what happiness we justly call,
Subsist not in the good of one, but all. --Pope.
2. To continue; to retain a certain state.
Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve. --Milton.
3. To be maintained with food and clothing; to be supported; to live.
To subsist on other men's charity. --Atterbury.
Sub·sist, v. t. To support with provisions; to feed; to maintain; as, to subsist one's family.
He laid waste the adjacent country in order to render it more difficult for the enemy to subsist their army. --Robertson.
v : support oneself; "he could barely exist on such a low wage";
"Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?"; "Many
people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day" [syn: exist,