from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To exist; be.
- intransitive v. To remain or continue in existence.
- intransitive v. To maintain life; live: subsisted on one meal a day.
- intransitive v. To be logically conceivable.
- transitive v. To maintain or support with provisions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To survive on a minimum of resources.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be; to have existence; to inhere.
- intransitive v. To continue; to retain a certain state.
- intransitive v. To be maintained with food and clothing; to be supported; to live.
- transitive v. To support with provisions; to feed; to maintain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remain; continue; abide; retain the existing state.
- To have continued existence; exist.
- To be maintained; be supported; live.
- To inhere; have existence by means of something else.
- To keep in existence.
- To feed; maintain; support with provisions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. support oneself
Latin subsistere, to support : sub-, sub- + sistere, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French subsister, from Latin subsistere ("to take a stand or position, stand still, stop, stay, remain, continue"), from sub ("under") + sistere ("to cause to stand, place"). Compare consist, desist, exist, insist, persist. (Wiktionary)