continuing without change; enduring; steadfast: an abiding faith.

Nearby words

  1. abiathar,
  2. abib,
  3. abidance,
  4. abide,
  5. abide by,
  6. abidjan,
  7. abie,
  8. abient,
  9. abietate,
  10. abietic acid

Origin of abiding

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at abide, -ing2

Related forms



verb (used without object), a·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), a·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing.

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.

Verb Phrases

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

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British Dictionary definitions for abiding



permanent; enduringan abiding belief
Derived Formsabidingly, adverb


verb abides, abiding, abode or abided

(tr) to tolerate; put up with
(tr) to accept or submit to; sufferto abide the court's decision
(intr foll by by)
  1. to comply (with)to abide by the decision
  2. 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; 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 abiding
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Idioms and Phrases with abiding


In addition to the idioms beginning with abide

  • abide by

also see:

  • can't stand (abide)
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