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[bahyd] /baɪd/
verb (used with object), bided or bode; bided or (Archaic) bid; biding.
1.
Archaic. to endure; bear.
2.
Obsolete. to encounter.
verb (used without object), bided or bode; bided or (Archaic) bid; biding.
3.
to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
Idioms
4.
bide one's time, to wait for a favorable opportunity:
He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.
Origin of bide
900
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
Synonyms
3. stay, linger, tarry.
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  • The presence of this biding thing did not affect the man with the same horror that it would if he had been a picnicker.

  • 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.)
  • The evil crew of The Ship was but biding its time to strike, and Mary thrilled and feared at once.

    The Shield of Silence Harriet T. Comstock
  • Her ears moved back and forth as she stood there biding some word from him.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • With Wallie Sayre biding his time, but fairly sure of the result.

    The Breaking Point Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for biding

bide

/baɪd/
verb bides, biding, bided, bode, bided
1.
(intransitive) (archaic or dialect) to continue in a certain place or state; stay
2.
(intransitive) (archaic or dialect) to live; dwell
3.
(transitive) (archaic or dialect) to tolerate; endure
4.
(Scot) bide a wee, to stay a little
5.
(Scot) bide by, to abide by
6.
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 biding

bide

v.

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.

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