[ uh-bohd ]
/ əˈboʊd /


a place in which a person resides; residence; dwelling; habitation; home.
an extended stay in a place; sojourn.

Nearby words

  1. abo,
  2. abo hemolytic disease of newborn,
  3. abo system,
  4. aboard,
  5. aboardage,
  6. abohm,
  7. aboideau,
  8. aboil,
  9. abolish,
  10. abolition

Origin of abode

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


[ uh-bohd ]
/ əˈboʊd /


a simple past tense and past participle of abide.


[ uh-bahyd ]
/ əˈbaɪd /

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.

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 abode


/ (əˈbəʊd) /


a place in which one lives; one's home

Word Origin for abode

C17: n formed from abide


a past tense and past participle of abide


/ (əˈbaɪd) /

verb abides, abiding, abode or abided

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 abode
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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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