Definition of subsist verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    subsist

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səbˈsɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsɪst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they subsist
    BrE BrE//səbˈsɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsɪst//
     
    he / she / it subsists
    BrE BrE//səbˈsɪsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsɪsts//
     
    past simple subsisted
    BrE BrE//səbˈsɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsɪstɪd//
     
    past participle subsisted
    BrE BrE//səbˈsɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsɪstɪd//
     
    -ing form subsisting
    BrE BrE//səbˈsɪstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsɪstɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] subsist (on something) to manage to stay alive, especially with limited food or money Old people often subsist on very small incomes.
  2. 2[intransitive] (formal) to exist; to be valid The terms of the contract subsist.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘continue to exist’): from Latin subsistere ‘stand firm’, from sub- ‘from below’ + sistere ‘set, stand’.
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