Meaning of EXISTENCE in English

EXISTENCE

noun

1 state of existing

ADJECTIVE

▪ actual , real

El Cid's actual ~ is not in doubt.

Since her illness, other people had no real ~ for her.

▪ possible

the possible ~ of life beyond Earth

▪ brief

▪ continued , continuing , future

▪ 10-year , 50-year , etc.

over the course of his company's 20-year ~

▪ very

The peasants depend on a good harvest for their very ~ (= in order to continue to live) .

▪ mere

The mere ~ of these strange creatures fascinated him.

▪ entire , whole

Throughout its entire ~, it has been a deeply contested concept.

▪ autonomous , independent , separate

any organism capable of independent ~

▪ human

the mystery of human ~

▪ material , physical

▪ social

▪ earthly , mortal

Christianity taught that our earthly ~ was merely a preparation for life after death.

VERB + EXISTENCE

▪ be in

The idea has been in ~ for centuries.

▪ have

a virtual world that has no real ~

▪ come into , pop into ( AmE , informal ), spring into

The organization came into ~ ten years ago.

What are the chances of these molecules springing spontaneously into ~?

▪ fade from , fade out of , go out of

There was a fear that the club might go out of ~ for lack of support.

▪ bring sth into , call sth into

They are striving to bring into ~ a new kind of society.

▪ be aware of , know of

▪ be unaware of

▪ affirm , assert

▪ assume , posit , postulate , presuppose

The theory assumes the ~ of a ‘meritocracy’—that there is equal opportunity for all.

▪ accept , acknowledge , admit , admit to , believe in , recognize

He didn't believe in the ~ of God.

▪ deny

▪ doubt

▪ question

She questioned the ~ of God.

▪ imply , indicate , suggest , support

There is research that strongly supports the ~ of repressed memories.

▪ discover , reveal

▪ confirm , demonstrate , establish , prove , validate , verify

Scientists were able to verify the ~ of this particle.

▪ disprove

▪ explain

How do you explain the ~ of closely related species in widely separated locations?

▪ justify

▪ forget , ignore

The girl's parents continued to ignore her very ~.

▪ endanger , jeopardize , threaten

Climate changes threaten the continued ~ of the species.

▪ end

He wanted to end his ~ once and for all.

▪ owe

The school owed its ~ to the generosity of one man.

▪ ensure , guarantee

▪ maintain

Let's battle on to maintain our ~.

▪ be vital to

A super-efficient sense of smell is no longer vital to our ~.

EXISTENCE + VERB

▪ depend on sth , depend upon sth

The company's ~ depends on continued growth.

PREPOSITION

▪ in ~

the only instrument of its kind in ~

PHRASES

▪ the struggle for ~

Darwin viewed the struggle for ~ as being the major promoter of evolution.

2 way of living

ADJECTIVE

▪ bare , hand-to-mouth , meagre/meager , miserable , precarious

He lived a hand-to-mouth ~ in the less attractive areas of London.

▪ comfortable , peaceful , quiet

▪ sheltered

She had lived such a sheltered ~.

▪ middle-class

a comfortable middle-class ~

▪ meaningful

his yearning for a more meaningful ~

▪ boring , dull , humdrum , mundane

▪ pathetic , pitiful , wretched

▪ meaningless

▪ empty , isolated , lonely , solitary

▪ nomadic

▪ rural , suburban , urban

▪ daily , day-to-day , everyday

▪ previous , prior

He claimed to be able to remember a previous ~.

VERB + EXISTENCE

▪ enjoy , have , lead , live

▪ eke out , endure

They eke out a precarious ~ foraging in the forest.

PHRASES

▪ a mode of ~

the transition from one mode of ~ to another

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .