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
Synonyms for abide
Related Words for abidetolerate, accept, persevere, continue, defer, stomach, acknowledge, receive, consent, bear, withstand, concede, endure, take, swallow, suffer, stand, reside, perch, squat
Examples from the Web for abide
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 8, 2014
Human happiness,” the Greek historian Herodotus once observed, “does not abide long in one place.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
October 5, 2014
But even for children struggling to care for elderly parents on their own want to abide by tradition.After the Genocide, Rwanda’s Widows Aging Alone
August 31, 2014
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
August 11, 2014
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
August 10, 2014
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
Though the desert were arid on this side, it was her desert, and there in her tent must she abide.Tiverton Tales
But, Master Will, how cometh it that thou dost now abide in Sherwood?The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Author of many hymns, the most popular of which is "Abide with Me."Graded Poetry: Second Year
They foresaw that civilized and savage life could not abide side by side.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
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)