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  1. a place in which a person resides; residence; dwelling; habitation; home.
  2. an extended stay in a place; sojourn.
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Origin of abode1

1200–50; Middle English abood a waiting, delay, stay; akin to abide


  1. a simple past tense and past participle of abide.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 abode


  1. a place in which one lives; one's home
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Word Origin

C17: n formed from abide


  1. a past tense and past participle of abide
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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
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Derived Formsabidance, nounabider, noun

Word Origin

Old English ābīdan, from a- (intensive) + bīdan to wait, bide
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Word Origin and History for abode


mid-13c., "action of waiting," verbal noun identical with Old English abad, past participle of abiden "to abide" (see abide), used as a verbal noun. The present-to-preterite vowel change is consistent with an Old English class I strong verb (ride/rode, etc.). Meaning "habitual residence" is first attested 1570s.

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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.

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Idioms and Phrases with abode


In addition to the idioms beginning with abide

  • abide by

also see:

  • can't stand (abide)
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