subsist


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sub·sist

 (səb-sĭst′)
v. sub·sist·ed, sub·sist·ing, sub·sists
v.intr.
1.
a. To exist; be.
b. To remain or continue in existence.
2. To maintain life; live: subsisted on one meal a day.
3. To be logically conceivable.
v.tr.
To maintain or support with provisions.

[Latin subsistere, to support : sub-, sub- + sistere, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

sub·sist′er n.

subsist

(səbˈsɪst)
vb (mainly intr)
1. (often foll by on) to be sustained; manage to live: to subsist on milk.
2. to continue in existence
3. (foll by in) to lie or reside by virtue (of); consist
4. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. to exist as a concept or relation rather than a fact
b. to be conceivable
5. (tr) obsolete to provide with support
[C16: from Latin subsistere to stand firm, from sub- up + sistere to make a stand]
subˈsistent adj
subˈsister n

sub•sist

(səbˈsɪst)

v.i.
1. to exist; continue in existence.
2. to remain alive; live, as on food, resources, etc.
3. to have existence in, or by reason of, something.
4. to reside, lie, or consist (usu. fol. by in).
v.t.
5. to provide sustenance or support for; maintain.
[1540–50; < Latin subsistere to remain =sub- sub- + sistere to stand, make stand; see stand]
sub•sist′ing•ly, adv.

subsist


Past participle: subsisted
Gerund: subsisting

Imperative
subsist
subsist
Present
I subsist
you subsist
he/she/it subsists
we subsist
you subsist
they subsist
Preterite
I subsisted
you subsisted
he/she/it subsisted
we subsisted
you subsisted
they subsisted
Present Continuous
I am subsisting
you are subsisting
he/she/it is subsisting
we are subsisting
you are subsisting
they are subsisting
Present Perfect
I have subsisted
you have subsisted
he/she/it has subsisted
we have subsisted
you have subsisted
they have subsisted
Past Continuous
I was subsisting
you were subsisting
he/she/it was subsisting
we were subsisting
you were subsisting
they were subsisting
Past Perfect
I had subsisted
you had subsisted
he/she/it had subsisted
we had subsisted
you had subsisted
they had subsisted
Future
I will subsist
you will subsist
he/she/it will subsist
we will subsist
you will subsist
they will subsist
Future Perfect
I will have subsisted
you will have subsisted
he/she/it will have subsisted
we will have subsisted
you will have subsisted
they will have subsisted
Future Continuous
I will be subsisting
you will be subsisting
he/she/it will be subsisting
we will be subsisting
you will be subsisting
they will be subsisting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been subsisting
you have been subsisting
he/she/it has been subsisting
we have been subsisting
you have been subsisting
they have been subsisting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been subsisting
you will have been subsisting
he/she/it will have been subsisting
we will have been subsisting
you will have been subsisting
they will have been subsisting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been subsisting
you had been subsisting
he/she/it had been subsisting
we had been subsisting
you had been subsisting
they had been subsisting
Conditional
I would subsist
you would subsist
he/she/it would subsist
we would subsist
you would subsist
they would subsist
Past Conditional
I would have subsisted
you would have subsisted
he/she/it would have subsisted
we would have subsisted
you would have subsisted
they would have subsisted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.subsist - 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"
breathe - be alive; "Every creature that breathes"
freewheel, drift - live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely; "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"
live on, survive, last, live, endure, hold out, hold up, go - continue to live through hardship or adversity; "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"; "how long can a person last without food and water?"

subsist

verb stay alive, survive, keep going, make ends meet, last, live, continue, exist, endure, eke out an existence, keep your head above water, sustain yourself Almost every employee must moonlight simply to subsist.

subsist

verb
1. To have being or actuality:
2. To have reality or life:
3. To maintain existence in a certain way:
Translations

subsist

[səbˈsɪst] VIsubsistir
to subsist on sthsubsistir a base de algo

subsist

[səbˈsɪst] visubsister
to subsist on sth → subsister avec qch

subsist

vi (form)sich ernähren, leben (on von)

subsist

[səbˈsɪst] vi to subsist on sthvivere di qc

subsist

vi. subsistir, sobrevivir.
References in classic literature ?
This picture, she had allowed herself to believe, might have been accidentally obtained; it might not have been Edward's gift; but a correspondence between them by letter, could subsist only under a positive engagement, could be authorised by nothing else; for a few moments, she was almost overcome--her heart sunk within her, and she could hardly stand; but exertion was indispensably necessary; and she struggled so resolutely against the oppression of her feelings, that her success was speedy, and for the time complete.
Have you considered what it is to undermine the confidence that should subsist between my daughter and myself?
Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve, Since Reason not impossibly may meet Some specious object by the Foe subornd, And fall into deception unaware, Not keeping strictest watch, as she was warnd.
A plant that can subsist on a scrap of board is an instance of natural econ--"
Do you imagine that a state can subsist and not be overthrown, in which the decisions of law have no power, but are set aside and trampled upon by individuals?
What relation is to subsist between the nine or more States ratifying the Constitution, and the remaining few who do not become parties to it?
I give this catalogue so precisely because, as it happened, we were destined to subsist upon this store for the next fortnight.
The same quality, moreover, is said to subsist in a thing in varying degrees at different times.
Thus wandering tribes are fed in the desert places of the wilderness, where there is no herbage for the animals of the chase, and where, but for these periodical supplies, it would be impossible for man to subsist.
There was still a great remnant of pain, and this he felt would subsist as long as her pain was not a memory, but an existing thing, which he must think of as renewed with the light of every new morning.
Henceforth, however, I must be your host in middle Argos, and you mine in Lycia, if I should ever go there; let us avoid one another's spears even during a general engagement; there are many noble Trojans and allies whom I can kill, if I overtake them and heaven delivers them into my hand; so again with yourself, there are many Achaeans whose lives you may take if you can; we two, then, will exchange armour, that all present may know of the old ties that subsist between us.
Consequently, I could subsist for quite a length of time without particularly bestirring myself.