To be; to have existence; to inhere.
To be maintained with food and clothing; to be supported; to live.
To support with provisions; to feed; to maintain; as, to subsist one's family.
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"
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To continue; to retain a certain state.