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
Synonyms for abide
Related Words for abiderproponent, patron, support, follower, defender, ally, abettor, adherent, exponent, paraclete, pillar, bearer, brace, booster, sustainer, seconder, upholder, abider
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)