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.

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

Synonyms for abide

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Examples from the Web for abide

Contemporary Examples of abide

Historical Examples of abide

  • The officers then could not abide him, though some were submissive to him because of his father's position.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Though the desert were arid on this side, it was her desert, and there in her tent must she abide.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • But, Master Will, how cometh it that thou dost now abide in Sherwood?

  • Author of many hymns, the most popular of which is "Abide with Me."

  • They foresaw that civilized and savage life could not abide side by side.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for abide


verb abides, abiding, abode or abided

(tr) to tolerate; put up with
(tr) to accept or submit to; sufferto abide the court's decision
(intr foll by by)
  1. to comply (with)to abide by the decision
  2. to remain faithful (to)to abide by your promise
(intr) to remain or continue
(intr) archaic to dwell
(tr) archaic to await in expectation
(tr) archaic to withstand or sustain; endureto abide the onslaught
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with abide


In addition to the idioms beginning with abide

  • abide by

also see:

  • can't stand (abide)
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