- to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me.
- to have one's abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village.
- to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.
- to put up with; tolerate; stand: I can't abide dishonesty!
- to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught.
- to wait for; await: to abide the coming of the Lord.
- to accept without opposition or question: to abide the verdict of the judges.
- to pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.
- abide by,
- to act in accord with.
- to submit to; agree to: to abide by the court's decision.
- to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep: If you make a promise, abide by it.
Origin of abide
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Examples from the Web for abided
In me that call has abided all my life, resurfacing in every commitment I have made since then.Bernard-Henri Lévy: André Malraux’s Bangladesh, Before the Radicals
April 28, 2014
Until now, criminals had abided by the common rule that children should be spared.The Little Boy Mowed Down By The Mafia
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 20, 2014
Yet when he abided by the request of politicians to first consult Congress, many Republicans mocked him for this same exact act.Why Obama Should Be Applauded for Consulting Congress on Syria
September 9, 2013
The two men have abided by a “ nonaggression pact” since 2000, when they agreed to refrain from criticizing each other.Tarnished Ensign's Next Move
October 8, 2009
Having done so, at least she might have kept faith; she might have been honest, and abided by the bargain.The Snare
It was a dream she had dreamed when a child, that had haunted her girlhood, that had abided since then.The Paliser case
But there it was; and there it had abided for now some sixty years or more.Moby Dick; or The Whale
Yea, yea, Arinbiorn might have abided the end, for ere then shall the battle be hard.The House of the Wolfings
And then it was all over, and they two were sealed for one another for what yet abided them on the earth.The Sundering Flood
- (tr) to tolerate; put up with
- (tr) to accept or submit to; sufferto abide the court's decision
- (intr foll by by)
- to comply (with)to abide by the decision
- to remain faithful (to)to abide by your promise
- (intr) to remain or continue
- (intr) archaic to dwell
- (tr) archaic to await in expectation
- (tr) archaic to withstand or sustain; endureto abide the onslaught
Word Origin and History for abided
Old English abidan, gebidan "remain, wait, delay, remain behind," from ge- completive prefix (denoting onward motion; see a- (1)) + bidan "bide, remain, wait, dwell" (see bide). Originally intransitive (with genitive of the object: we abidon his "we waited for him"); transitive sense emerged in Middle English. Meaning "to put up with" (now usually negative) first recorded 1520s. Related: Abided; abiding. The historical conjugation is abide, abode, abidden, but the modern formation is now generally weak.