From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Exist \Ex*ist"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Existed; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Existing.] [L. existere, exsistere, to step out or forth,
   emerge, appear, exist; ex out + sistere to cause to stand, to
   set, put, place, stand still, fr. stare to stand: cf. F.
   exister. See Stand.]
   1. To be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or
      real being, whether material or spiritual.
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            Who now, alas! no more is missed
            Than if he never did exist.           --Swift.
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            To conceive the world . . . to have existed from
            eternity.                             --South.
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   2. To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great
      evils existed in his reign.
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   3. To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as,
      men can not exist in water, nor fishes on land.

   Syn: See Be.
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