[ bahyd ]
/ baɪd /
verb (used with object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
Archaic. to endure; bear.
Obsolete. to encounter.
verb (used without object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
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
Related formsbid·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bide one's time
/ (baɪd) /
verb bides, biding, bided, bode or bided
(intr) archaic, or dialect to continue in a certain place or state; stay
(intr) archaic, or dialect to live; dwell
(tr) archaic, or dialect to tolerate; endure
bide a wee Scot to stay a little
bide by Scot to abide by
bide one's time to wait patiently for an opportunity
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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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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