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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Subsist \Sub*sist"\, verb (used with an object) 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. --Robertson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Subsist \Sub*sist"\, verb (used without an object) [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

subsist

verb

1: 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" [syn: {exist}, {survive}, {live}, {subsist}]


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