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.