[ bahyd ]
See synonyms for: bidebidbode on

verb (used with object),bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
  1. Archaic. to endure; bear.

  2. Obsolete. to encounter.

verb (used without object),bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
  1. to dwell; abide; wait; remain.

Idioms about bide

  1. bide one's time, to wait for a favorable opportunity: He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.

Origin of bide

before 900; Middle English biden,Old English bīdan; cognate with Old Frisian bīdia,Old Saxon bīdan,Old High German bītan,Old Norse bītha,Gothic beidan,Latin fīdere,Greek peíthesthai to trust, rely <Indo-European *bheidh-; the meaning apparently developed: have trust > endure > wait >abide > remain

Other words for bide

Other words from bide

  • bider, noun

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How to use bide in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bide


/ (baɪd) /

verbbides, biding, bided, bode or bided
  1. (intr) archaic, or dialect to continue in a certain place or state; stay

  2. (intr) archaic, or dialect to live; dwell

  1. (tr) archaic, or dialect to tolerate; endure

  2. bide a wee Scot to stay a little

  3. bide by Scot to abide by

  4. bide one's time to wait patiently for an opportunity

Origin of bide

Old English bīdan; related to Old Norse bītha to wait, Gothic beidan, Old High German bītan
  • Often shortened to: (Scot) byde

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