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Definition to survive — especially without being able to manage comforts or luxuries
  • Fortunately, the museum doesn't have to subsist entirely on admission charges.
subsist = survive
  • Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day.
  • subsist = survive
  • They subsist by selling firewood in town.
  • subsist = barley survives
  • After subsisting for three months on an exceedingly marginal diet, McCandless had run up a sizable caloric deficit.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • subsisting = barely surviving
  • Living in the interior bush for an extended period, subsisting on nothing except what you hunt and gather, most people have no idea how hard that actually is.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • subsisting = surviving
  • As if merely subsisting according to his self-imposed rules weren't strenuous enough, Rosellini also exercised compulsively whenever he wasn't occupied with foraging.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • subsisting = surviving (without luxuries)
  • Game was scarce, forcing Franklin and his men to subsist on lichens scraped from boulders, singed deer hide, scavenged animal bones, their own boot leather, and finally one another's flesh.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • subsist = survive
  • For that entire period he subsisted on nothing but five pounds of rice and what marine life he could pull from the sea, an experience that would later convince him he could survive on similarly meager rations in the Alaska bush.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • subsisted = survived
  • A year earlier he'd subsisted for more than a month beside the Gulf of California on five pounds of rice and a bounty of fish caught with a cheap rod and reel, an experience that made him confident he could harvest enough food to survive an extended stay in the Alaska wilderness, too.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • subsisted = survived
  • In relation to the still subsisting war in Europe, my proclamation of the twenty-second of April, I793, is the index of my plan.
    George Washington  --  Washington's Farewell Address
  • He grew up to believe that this was the result of the food which she had had to subsist on during the last year of the Civil War.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Until the snafu was straightened out, he had to subsist on candy bars from Red Cross nurses.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Other than that, he subsisted on a diet of potatoes and salt.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • She began to subsist on a diet of raita and Triscuits.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • The sun rose and set three times while Max and David walked, subsisting on blackberries that grew wild on the hills.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • With the whole world starving and all those People's States barely subsisting on handouts from this country-where do you see any danger of war?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I give this catalogue so precisely because, as it happened, we were destined to subsist upon this store for the next fortnight.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Have you considered what it is to undermine the confidence that should subsist between my daughter and myself?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Mr. Grote has returned from the woods empty-handed for the past three days, and we're subsisting on eggs and potatoes.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • He had just been deprived of a small employment, on which he subsisted; and he was persecuted by the preachers of Surinam, who took him for a Socinian.
    Voltaire  --  Candide

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