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Meaning of SUBSIST

Pronunciation:  sub'sist

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  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"

SUBSIST is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: exist, live, survive
 See Also: breathe, drift, freewheel, indwell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 existence; to inhere.
             And makes what happiness we justly call, Subsist not
             in the good of one, but all.          --Pope.
    2. To continue; to retain a certain state.
             Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve. --Milton.
    3. To be maintained with food and clothing; to be supported;
       to live. --Milton.
             To subsist on other men's charity.    --Atterbury.
  2. \Sub*sist"\, v. t.
    To support with provisions; to feed; to maintain; as, to
    subsist one's family.
          He laid waste the adjacent country in order to render
          it more difficult for the enemy to subsist their army.