verb (used without object), a·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing.
  1. to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me.
  2. to have one's abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village.
  3. to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.
verb (used with object), a·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing.
  1. to put up with; tolerate; stand: I can't abide dishonesty!
  2. to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught.
  3. to wait for; await: to abide the coming of the Lord.
  4. to accept without opposition or question: to abide the verdict of the judges.
  5. to pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.
Verb Phrases
  1. 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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Contemporary Examples of abided

Historical Examples of abided

  • Having done so, at least she might have kept faith; she might have been honest, and abided by the bargain.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • It was a dream she had dreamed when a child, that had haunted her girlhood, that had abided since then.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • But there it was; and there it had abided for now some sixty years or more.

  • Yea, yea, Arinbiorn might have abided the end, for ere then shall the battle be hard.

  • And then it was all over, and they two were sealed for one another for what yet abided them on the earth.

    The Sundering Flood

    William Morris

British Dictionary definitions for abided


verb abides, abiding, abode or abided
  1. (tr) to tolerate; put up with
  2. (tr) to accept or submit to; sufferto abide the court's decision
  3. (intr foll by by)
    1. to comply (with)to abide by the decision
    2. to remain faithful (to)to abide by your promise
  4. (intr) to remain or continue
  5. (intr) archaic to dwell
  6. (tr) archaic to await in expectation
  7. (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 abided



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 abided


In addition to the idioms beginning with abide

  • abide by

also see:

  • can't stand (abide)
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