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[bahyd] /baɪd/
verb (used with object), bided or bode; bided or (Archaic) bid; biding.
Archaic. to endure; bear.
Obsolete. to encounter.
verb (used without object), bided or bode; bided or (Archaic) bid; biding.
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
before 900; Middle English biden, Old English bīdan; cognate with Old Frisian bīdia, Old Saxon bīdan, Old High German bītan, Old Norse bītha, Gothic beidan, Latin fīdere, Greek peíthesthai to trust, rely < Indo-European *bheidh-; the meaning apparently developed: have trust > endure > wait > abide > remain
Related forms
bider, noun
3. stay, linger, tarry. Unabridged
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  • He has infinite faith in a deep compensating future, and bides his time.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Now, that was a mistake, for the man that bides in his place for the main of his life, has the best of it.

    The Belted Seas Arthur Colton
  • He's a civil young chap now, and that's more than he'll be long if he bides with thee.

    The Water-Babies Charles Kingsley
  • He bides in the gulley, sir; he has been there ever since the farm-house was burnt.

    Under the Storm Charlotte M. Yonge
  • You think you have hidden it, but it bides its time and comes up later, causing a lot of trouble.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • It bides with me, and will not cease to puzzle me until I weary for some one to read it plainly.

    Havelok The Dane Charles Whistler
  • He were just disappointed at findin' no huntin', an' he 'bides with th' Injuns t' get some deer.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • Under the arch of heaven there bides no baron so splendid or so proud.

British Dictionary definitions for bides


verb bides, biding, bided, bode, bided
(intransitive) (archaic or dialect) to continue in a certain place or state; stay
(intransitive) (archaic or dialect) to live; dwell
(transitive) (archaic or dialect) to tolerate; endure
(Scot) bide a wee, to stay a little
(Scot) bide by, to abide by
bide one's time, to wait patiently for an opportunity
Often shortened to (Scot) byde
Word Origin
Old English bīdan; related to Old Norse bītha to wait, Gothic beidan, Old High German bītan
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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