to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me.
to have one's abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village.
to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.
to put up with; tolerate; stand: I can't abide dishonesty!
to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught.
to wait for; await: to abide the coming of the Lord.
to accept without opposition or question: to abide the verdict of the judges.
to pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.
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.
- a·bid·er, noun
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How to use abide in a sentence
The county of San Diego’s public health officials knew schools were still closed when they made their decision to abide.
He continually tells his listeners to abide by the county protocols, even when Justin Hart, a digital strategist, said masks wouldn’t help curb the spread.Supervisor by Day, But a COVID-19 Skeptic on the Airwaves | Katy Stegall | August 20, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Guaderrama told VOSD that Allied Universal guards are required to abide by MTS’s body camera policy and that, like MTS, the contractor flags footage and provides it upon request.MTS Purged Body Camera Footage Before Man’s Attorney Could Access it | Lisa Halverstadt | July 21, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
It’s become clear that many aspects of customer interaction will need to be digitized to abide by social distancing measures.Lessons from lockdown: Four content types that users really engage with | Edward Coram James | July 20, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
This means partnering with a franchisee that supports our clean energy goals, abides by the terms of the agreements and will not lobby in Sacramento for legislation against our clean energy future.Franchise Fee Deal Is a Chance for the City to Make Much-Needed Changes | Pia Piscitelli | June 23, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
These redcoats move along social lines that don't look like much to a cowman; but once in the Force you must abide by them.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
And they constrained him, saying, "abide with us; for it is toward evening, and the day is now far spent."His Last Week | William E. Barton
And Asor shall be a habitation for dragons, desolate for ever: no man shall abide there, nor son of man inhabit it.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
It was not easy to give an answer; he could not abide her meetings, but he was at a loss for a decent excuse.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
Here is our nativity, and here have we the natural right to abide and be elevated through the measures of our own efforts.
British Dictionary definitions for abide
(tr) to tolerate; put up with
(tr) to accept or submit to; suffer: to abide the court's decision
(intr foll by by)
to comply (with): to abide by the decision
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; endure: to abide the onslaught
- abidance, noun
- abider, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with abide
In addition to the idioms beginning with abide
- abide by
- can't stand (abide)
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