abide

[ uh-bahyd ]
/ əˈbaɪd /

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.

Verb Phrases

abide by,
  1. to act in accord with.
  2. to submit to; agree to: to abide by the court's decision.
  3. to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep: If you make a promise, abide by it.

Nearby words

  1. abhorrent,
  2. abia,
  3. abiathar,
  4. abib,
  5. abidance,
  6. abide by,
  7. abiding,
  8. abidjan,
  9. abie,
  10. abient

Origin of abide

before 1000; Middle English abiden, Old English ābīdan; cognate with Old High German irbītan await, Gothic usbeisns expectation, patience. See a-3, bide

Related formsa·bid·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for abide

abide

/ (əˈbaɪd) /

verb abides, abiding, abode or abided

Derived Formsabidance, nounabider, noun

Word Origin for abide

Old English ābīdan, from a- (intensive) + bīdan to wait, bide

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Word Origin and History for abide

abide

v.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with abide

abide

In addition to the idioms beginning with abide

  • abide by

also see:

  • can't stand (abide)
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