- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM abidea·bid·er, noun
How to use abide in a sentence
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
Jackson ultimately abided by his contract, but Vitale remembered publishing the book as an exasperating experience.
The two men have abided by a “ nonaggression pact” since 2000, when they agreed to refrain from criticizing each other.
I think Mother Eve would not have abided long without a milliner.The Red City|S. Weir Mitchell
So Sir Launcelot abided for several days in that place until his wounds were healed.
There he abided for several days in great despair of soul, for it seemed to him as though God had deserted him entirely.
There they sowed, there they reaped, there they were despoiled, but abided patiently for help that never came.Jasper Lyle|Harriet Ward
Wherefore she thought she would turn back and depart this ugly isle, and that no other adventure abided her therein.The Water of the Wondrous Isles|William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for abide
- 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
Other Idioms and Phrases with abide
In addition to the idioms beginning with abide
- abide by
- can't stand (abide)