Ex·ist v. i. [imp. & p. p. Existed; p. pr. & vb. n. Existing.]
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.
2. To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great evils existed in his reign.
3. To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as, men can not exist in water, nor fishes on land.
Syn: -- See Be.