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bide

[bahyd]
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verb (used with object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
  1. Archaic. to endure; bear.
  2. Obsolete. to encounter.
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verb (used without object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
  1. to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
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Idioms
  1. bide one's time, to wait for a favorable opportunity: He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.
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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
Related formsbid·er, noun

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Related Words for bide one's time

linger, hang, await, watch, stay, delay, remain, expect, foresee, anticipate, tarry, abide, stall, bide, dally, wait, coast, float

British Dictionary definitions for bide one's time

bide

verb bides, 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
  3. (tr) archaic, or dialect to tolerate; endure
  4. bide a wee Scot to stay a little
  5. bide by Scot to abide by
  6. bide one's time to wait patiently for an opportunity
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Often shortened to: (Scot) byde

Word Origin for bide

Old English bīdan; related to Old Norse bītha to wait, Gothic beidan, Old High German bītan
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Word Origin and History for bide one's time

bide

v.

Old English bidan "to stay, continue, live, remain," also "to trust, rely" (cognate with Old Norse biða, Old Saxon bidan, Old Frisian bidia, Middle Dutch biden, Old High German bitan, Gothic beidan "to wait"), apparently from PIE *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of Old English biddan (see bid (v.)), the original sense of which was "to command," and "to trust" (cf. Greek peithein "to persuade," pistis "faith;" Latin fidere "to trust," foedus "compact, treaty," Old Church Slavonic beda "need"). Perhaps the sense evolved in prehistoric times through "endure," and "endure a wait," to "to wait." Preserved in Scotland and northern England, replaced elsewhere by abide in all senses except to bide one's time. Related: Bided; biding.

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Idioms and Phrases with bide one's time

bide one's time

Wait for the opportune moment, as in The cat sat in front of the mousehole, biding its time. This phrase employs the verb to bide in the sense of “to wait for,” a usage dating from about a.d. 950 and surviving mainly in this locution.

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