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.
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Origin of abide
OTHER WORDS FROM abidea·bid·er, noun
Words nearby abide
British Dictionary definitions for abide by
verb abides, abiding, abode or abided
- to comply (with)to abide by the decision
- to remain faithful (to)to abide by your promise
Derived forms of abideabidance, nounabider, noun
Word Origin for abide
Idioms and Phrases with abide by (1 of 2)
Accept and act in accordance with a decision or set of rules; also, remain faithful to. For example, All members must agree to abide by the club regulations, or A trustworthy man abides by his word. An older sense of the verb abide, “remain,” is still familiar in the well-known 19th-century hymn “Abide with Me,” which asks God to stay with the singer in time of trouble. [Early 1500s]
Idioms and Phrases with abide by (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with abide
- abide by
- can't stand (abide)