verb (used without object), a·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing.
verb (used with object), a·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing.
- 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
Examples from the Web for abide
North Korea must show it is serious and prepared to abide by its commitments, particularly concerning denuclearization.To Free American Prisoners, America’s Top Spy Goes to North Korea|Shane Harris|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Human happiness,” the Greek historian Herodotus once observed, “does not abide long in one place.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay|Joel Kotkin|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But even for children struggling to care for elderly parents on their own want to abide by tradition.
Beyond the mental acuity needed to focus through the pain, the young woman must also abide by a strict diet.Facial Tattoos: The Tribal Female Rite in Papua New Guinea|Brandon Presser|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Broussard was not the sort of man who could abide such defeat.Lake Bacon: The Story of The Man Who Wanted Us to Eat Mississippi Hippos|Jon Mooallem|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was a perfect nuisance; even the tone of his voice I could not abide.James Gilmour of Mongolia|James Gilmour
Louis was determined to abide by the original contract, and said his wife's foreign train was too large.Mary Tudor, Queen of France|Mary Croom Brown
He seldom was allowed any choice of his own, but was expected to abide by the selection of his parents.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2|Hubert Howe Bancroft
But London cannot abide to be rebuked; such is the nature of man.Sermons on the Card and Other Discourses|Hugh Latimer
I know your opinion of these subterfuges, and am willing to abide by your own judgment.Letters to an Unknown|Prosper Mrime
verb abides, abiding, abode or abided
- to comply (with)to abide by the decision
- to remain faithful (to)to abide by your promise
Word Origin for abide
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with abide
- abide by
- can't stand (abide)