Definition of coexist in US English:

coexist

verb

[no object]
  • 1Exist at the same time or in the same place.

    ‘traditional and modern values coexist in Africa’
    • ‘This applies to all of us who try to coexist with animals.’
    • ‘Here the rural and the urban seem to coexist in a certain harmony.’
    • ‘Amazon plants, evergreen pines, basil and other strange flora coexisted in perfect harmony.’
    • ‘And the new economy is here to stay and will coexist with the old one.’
    • ‘I still cling to the idea that people are part of nature, and there must be some way we can coexist with the rest of it.’
    • ‘Modern Western medical practices coexist with traditional healing methods and the use of medicinal plants.’
    • ‘Traditional musical genres coexist with music performed by modern village orchestras.’
    • ‘Some employees and students reported that feelings of sadness and hurt coexist with anger.’
    • ‘She figured out a way that pillbugs could harmlessly coexist with a garden's plants.’
    • ‘This is likely to be a logistical problem in areas where diarrhoea is common and coexists with cholera.’
    • ‘Cancer can coexist with benign lesions, so complete assessment is necessary.’
    • ‘Governments cannot coexist with forces that are hell bent on their destruction.’
    • ‘Canal operators are finding new ways to do their maintenance work that could coexist with canal redevelopment.’
    • ‘At first trams and trolley buses coexisted in a certain harmony, because each of the lines used one system exclusively.’
    • ‘The low nutrient availability may allow stress-tolerant species to coexist with more ruderal species.’
    • ‘Seeds at different developmental stages coexist at the same time on the plant, and even in a single inflorescence.’
    • ‘Nobody has convincingly explained how the birds, bees, flowers and hares of the uplands can coexist with a new influx of humans.’
    • ‘These trees evolved to coexist with regular fires, but today's larger fires pose a mortal threat to them.’
    • ‘The company says the wind farm would coexist with existing agricultural practices supporting farm diversification.’
    • ‘By adopting a muted form of cultural relativism, the scientific establishment seeks to coexist with other points of view.’
    occur with, co-occur with, coincide with, coexist with, go with, go along with, go together with, go hand in hand with, appear with
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    1. 1.1 (of nations or peoples) exist in mutual tolerance despite different ideologies or interests.
      ‘the task of diplomacy was to help different states to coexist’
      • ‘We've got to work out how you exist in a multicultural world, where diversity is respected, but where people are able to live in harmony and coexist.’
      • ‘The two women had managed to coexist for a month now, and despite their differences, were inseparable friends.’
      • ‘The religious believer can coexist harmoniously with the non-religious.’
      • ‘Defeating the terrorists also means defeating their poisonous belief that peoples of different faiths and ethnic origins cannot coexist.’
      • ‘The Nomads were the only other large group of people around, but they were so different from us that we could never hope to coexist.’
      • ‘It sounds like it's a very international student body that has coexisted quite harmoniously.’
      • ‘Initially, the Jewish settlers coexisted peacefully and harmoniously with the indigenous, partly nomadic Arab population.’
      • ‘The different groups coexisted because Paul knew how to do it.’
      • ‘It uses the mutual trust and mutual recognition of civil society as a way of helping identities and interests to coexist.’
      • ‘Before anything else, the country must establish a system that enables the different ethnic and religious groups to at least coexist.’
      • ‘I like movies that deal with people, especially people from different cultures coexisting and trying to get along.’
      • ‘It's not just the history of the Christian population in Angamaly but also that of an area where people of different faiths coexist.’
      • ‘The environment needs to be unquestionably safe for Mum and myself to coexist in harmony, and tensions were beginning to fray.’
      • ‘He understands it to be a redundant, intolerant, expansionist ideology incapable of peacefully coexisting with other faiths.’
      • ‘It does not follow that because southerners of different backgrounds exchanged traditions they always coexisted peacefully.’
      • ‘It also created a climate of tolerance in which different ethnic and religious groups have been able to coexist.’
      • ‘In some areas of human activity it is often very important that two mutually exclusive views be allowed to coexist in the interests of stability.’
      • ‘I propose we consider the civilized Gandhian option of learning to respect each other and coexist in peace and harmony.’
      • ‘Different religions coexisting in Kerala has been an inspiring experience to him.’
      • ‘The piece reflected the identity of the contemporary Indian who coexists with persons of different faiths.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from late Latin coexistere, from co- ‘together’ + existere ‘exist’, from ex- ‘out’ + sister ‘take a stand’.

Pronunciation

coexist

/ˌkōəɡˈzist//ˌkoʊəɡˈzɪst/