Subsist

  • 1 Subsist — Sub*sist , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Subsisted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subsisting}.] [L. subsistere to stand still, stay, remain alive; sub under + sistere to stand, to cause to stand, from stare to stand: cf. F. subsister. See {Stand}.] 1. To be; to have… …

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  • 2 subsist on — [phrasal verb] subsist on (something) : to use (something) as a way to stay alive : to live on (something) poor people subsisting on just one or two dollars a day The villagers subsist almost entirely on rice and fish. ( …

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  • 3 Subsist — Sub*sist , v. t. To support with provisions; to feed; to maintain; as, to subsist one s family. [1913 Webster] He laid waste the adjacent country in order to render it more difficult for the enemy to subsist their army. Robertson. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 subsist — ► VERB 1) maintain or support oneself, especially at a minimal level. 2) chiefly Law remain in being, force, or effect. 3) (subsist in) be attributable to. ORIGIN Latin subsistere stand firm …

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  • 5 subsist — I verb abide, be, be nurtured, be supported, be sustained, constare, continue, endure, esse, exist, go on, hold on, last, live, maintain, outlast, outlive, perdure, persist, prevail, remain, remain alive, stand fast, stay, stay alive, survive II… …

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  • 6 subsist of — index contain (comprise) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 7 subsist — (v.) 1540s, to exist, from L. subsistere to stand still or firm, (see SUBSISTENCE (Cf. subsistence)). Meaning to support oneself (in a certain way) is from 1640s. Related: Subsisted; subsisting …

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  • 8 subsist — *exist, live, *be …

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  • 9 subsist — [v] keep going, living barely exist*, be, breathe, continue, eke out a living*, eke out an existence*, endure, exist, get along*, get by*, hang in*, hang on*, hang tough*, just make it*, last, live, make ends meet*, make it*, manage, move, remain …

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  • 10 subsist — [səb sist′] vi. [L subsistere, to stand still, stay, abide < sub , under + sistere, to place, stand, redupl. of base of stare, to STAND] 1. a) to continue to be or exist; have existence as a reality, entity, etc. b) to continue to be in use,… …

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  • 11 subsist — UK [səbˈsɪst] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms subsist : present tense I/you/we/they subsist he/she/it subsists present participle subsisting past tense subsisted past participle subsisted 1) to stay alive when you do not have much food or… …

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  • 12 subsist — sub|sist [səbˈsıst] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: subsistere [i] to come to a stop, remain, exist , from sistere to come to a stand ] 1.) to stay alive when you only have small amounts of food or money = ↑survive subsist on ▪ We had to… …

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  • 13 subsist — v. (d; intr.) to subsist on * * * [səb sɪst] (d; intr.) to subsist on …

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  • 14 subsist — sub|sist [ səb sıst ] verb intransitive 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. ) FORMAL to exist …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 subsist — [[t]səbsɪ̱st[/t]] subsists, subsisting, subsisted VERB If people subsist, they are just able to obtain the food or money that they need in order to stay alive. [FORMAL] [V on n] The prisoners subsisted on one mug of the worst quality porridge… …

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  • 16 subsist — verb To survive on a minimum of resources. With her current income, Janet cannot thrive, she can only subsist. See Also: subsistence, subsistent …

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  • 17 subsist — See exist. See exist, subsist …

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  • 18 subsist in — be attributable to. → subsist …

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  • 19 subsist — verb 1》 maintain or support oneself, especially at a minimal level.     ↘archaic provide sustenance for. 2》 chiefly Law remain in being, force, or effect.     ↘(subsist in) be attributable to. Derivatives subsistent adjective Origin C16 (in the… …

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  • 20 subsist — verb (I) to stay alive on only small amounts of food or money (+ on): We had to subsist on bread and water …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English