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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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3. stay, linger, tarry.
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Examples from the Web for bided

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  • Kirkwood acceded, perforce; and bided his time with what tolerance he could muster.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He made his camp and bided the arrival of the cattle; but that arrival did not materialize.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • In other words, he bided his time, and when he did strike, struck at an unguarded place.

    In the Days of Drake

    J. S. Fletcher

  • But he bided his time; and when Mr. Hawkins came, then there was a decision pronounced.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • She bided her chance like a watchful cat—but it did not come.


British Dictionary definitions for bided

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

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 bided

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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