- 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 biding
Adele In 2013 Sediuk crashed the Grammy's, stealing Adam Levine's seat and biding his time.An Analysis of Vitalii Sediuk’s Pranks (He’s the Guy Who Touched Brad Pitt)
May 29, 2014
But know that the Kremlin is biding its time for fuller revenge.How the Pussy Riot Girls Trial Fell Apart
May 8, 2013
He had been biding his time until the situation in the city calmed down in order to make his way back to Sudan.Libya's Hysteria Over African Mercenaries
March 6, 2011
Chandler is biding his time as he waits to see what other projects come up.Will Friday Night Lights Finally Win?
August 25, 2010
Apparently, Van der Sloot has been biding his time in a Lima jail cell, poring over love letters from a flood of women.Women Who Love Murderers
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 23, 2010
We have been open, honourable enemies, and have always said we were biding our time.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Her ears moved back and forth as she stood there biding some word from him.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
She felt that Haig was playing with Huntington, and biding his time.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
Indifferent in appearance to what was going on, he was biding his time.Victory
Winters evidently suspected nothing, and was biding his time.Three People
- (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 biding
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.