- Archaic. to endure; bear.
- Obsolete. to encounter.
- to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
- bide one's time, to wait for a favorable opportunity: He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.
Origin of bide
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Examples from the Web for bides
He plots and schemes and bides his time to strike when he thinks the stars are aligned in his favor.Hezbollah Talks Big but Bows Out of the Gaza War
July 23, 2014
And when trespassed against, he bides his time and strikes back by proxy.Obama's Dangerous Obsession
November 14, 2009
The warst o' 't is I canna tell wha she is or whaur she bides.'Robert Falconer
So with my wife to Mile End, and there drank of Bides ale, and so home.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
He's a civil young chap now, and that's more than he'll be long if he bides with thee.The Water-Babies
If they puts her anywhere, there she bides, and don't try for to do nothing.Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer
George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)
He has infinite faith in a deep compensating future, and bides his time.Poachers and Poaching
- (intr) archaic, or dialect to continue in a certain place or state; stay
- (intr) archaic, or dialect to live; dwell
- (tr) archaic, or dialect to tolerate; endure
- bide a wee Scot to stay a little
- bide by Scot to abide by
- bide one's time to wait patiently for an opportunity
Word Origin and History for bides
Old English bidan "to stay, continue, live, remain," also "to trust, rely" (cognate with Old Norse biða, Old Saxon bidan, Old Frisian bidia, Middle Dutch biden, Old High German bitan, Gothic beidan "to wait"), apparently from PIE *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of Old English biddan (see bid (v.)), the original sense of which was "to command," and "to trust" (cf. Greek peithein "to persuade," pistis "faith;" Latin fidere "to trust," foedus "compact, treaty," Old Church Slavonic beda "need"). Perhaps the sense evolved in prehistoric times through "endure," and "endure a wait," to "to wait." Preserved in Scotland and northern England, replaced elsewhere by abide in all senses except to bide one's time. Related: Bided; biding.