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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 ?
Robert started to reassure her, asserting that he had known a lady who had subsisted upon nougat during the entire--but seeing the color mount into Mrs.
Planted deep, in the town's earliest infancy and childhood, by these two earnest and energetic men, the race has ever since subsisted here; always, too, in respectability; never, so far as I have known, disgraced by a single unworthy member; but seldom or never, on the other hand, after the first two generations, performing any memorable deed, or so much as putting forward a claim to public notice.
That some kind of engagement had subsisted between Willoughby and Marianne she could not doubt, and that Willoughby was weary of it, seemed equally clear; for however Marianne might still feed her own wishes, SHE could not attribute such behaviour to mistake or misapprehension of any kind.
That my papa was too partial, I know; still, on such a point as the frigid coldness which has ever subsisted between Mr.
Little, if any, community of feeling subsisted between them and Estella, but the understanding was established that they were necessary to her, and that she was necessary to them.
For the opposite reason, Prince John hated and contemned the few Saxon families of consequence which subsisted in England, and omitted no opportunity of mortifying and affronting them; being conscious that his person and pretensions were disliked by them, as well as by the greater part of the English commons, who feared farther innovation upon their rights and liberties, from a sovereign of John's licentious and tyrannical disposition.
Then he adapted himself to circumstances by turning away as many workmen as he could not find customers or cotton for; and they, of course, starved or subsisted on charity.
First then he sold the slaves, and subsisted for a time on the proceeds, after that the furniture was sold, and as much of it was valuable it sufficed for some time.
She has been dead a year, and you know, Fernand, I have subsisted almost entirely on public charity.
be exposed to peculiar temptations, on account of the carnal desires which have heretofore subsisted between them.
The battle, though so fatal to those who fought, was not unfortunate in its consequences to the country; for it broke the strength of a tribe and conduced to the peace which subsisted during several ensuing years.
Pennifeather -- although this latter occurrence was, indeed, by no means a novelty, for no good will had subsisted between the parties for the last three or four months; and matters had even gone so far that Mr.