Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having life or being; existing. See Synonyms at real1.
  • adj. Occurring or present at the moment; current.
  • n. One that exists.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. existing; having life or being, current; occurring now
  • n. a being or entity that exists independently

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having being or existence; existing; being; occurring now; taking place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Existing; having existence.
  • n. That which exists, or has actual being.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible
  • adj. being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
  • adj. having existence or being or actuality

Etymologies

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From Latin existens, from existere.

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