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
Examples from the Web for abided
In me that call has abided all my life, resurfacing in every commitment I have made since then.Bernard-Henri Lévy: André Malraux’s Bangladesh, Before the Radicals|Bernard-Henri Lévy|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Until now, criminals had abided by the common rule that children should be spared.
Yet when he abided by the request of politicians to first consult Congress, many Republicans mocked him for this same exact act.Why Obama Should Be Applauded for Consulting Congress on Syria|Aaron Magid|September 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The two men have abided by a “ nonaggression pact” since 2000, when they agreed to refrain from criticizing each other.
He never courted failure by hastening with some incomplete plan; but with the certainty of Fate, Bismarck abided his time.Blood and Iron|John Hubert Greusel
There he abided for several days in great despair of soul, for it seemed to him as though God had deserted him entirely.The Story of the Champions of the Round Table|Howard Pyle
Therefore, that he might show the honor and the submission due unto his parents, he abided with them certain days.
But there it was; and there it had abided for now some sixty years or more.Moby Dick; or The Whale|Herman Melville
It had abided with her always—now as a pleasure, now as a threatening danger, as both together sometimes.Double Harness|Anthony Hope
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)