verb (used without object), tid·ed, tid·ing.
verb (used with object), tid·ed, tid·ing.
- to assist in getting over a period of difficulty or distress.
- to surmount (a difficulty, obstacle, etc.); survive.
Origin of tide1
verb (used without object), tid·ed, tid·ing. Archaic.
Origin of tide2
Related Words for tidestream, trend, undercurrent, spate, wave, flood, torrent, tendency, drag, rush, run, ebb, course, drift, vortex, sluice, eddy, race, flux, direction
Examples from the Web for tide
Contemporary Examples of tide
But the tide was turning on this issue, an email from another constituent made clear.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
Objectively, they are not just riding with the tide, but helping to guide its very direction.Corporations Are No Longer Silent on LGBT Issues
December 24, 2014
Republican legislatures are looking for any way to stem the tide, and religious exemptions are one way to do that.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’
November 16, 2014
In June only the three days were available, because of tide and moon: the fifth, the sixth, and the seventh.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
That cycle of intelligence-gathering and capturing or killing fighters helped turn the tide of combat operations.ISIS Keeps Getting Better at Dodging U.S. Spies
Shane Harris, Noah Shachtman
November 14, 2014
Historical Examples of tide
Exhausted in mind and body, she could not long endure this tide of recollection.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Or, if I'd only got tied up in some way for a few weeks—something I could tide over.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But now came a tide of other news, and almost all of it was stale stuff to him.Way of the Lawless
There is one stream which I dread my inability to stem—it is the tide of Popular Opinion.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Again she found herself overwhelmed by a tide of reminiscences.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Word Origin for tide
Word Origin for tide
Old English tid "point or portion of time, due time," from Proto-Germanic *tidiz "division of time" (cf. Old Saxon tid, Dutch tijd, Old High German zit, German Zeit "time"), from PIE *di-ti- "division, division of time," suffixed form of root *da- "to divide, cut up" (cf. Sanskrit dati "cuts, divides;" Greek demos "people, land," perhaps literally "division of society;" daiesthai "to divide;" Old Irish dam "troop, company").
Meaning "rise and fall of the sea" (mid-14c.) is probably via notion of "fixed time," specifically "time of high water;" either a native evolution or from Middle Low German getide (cf. also Dutch tij, German Gezeiten "flood tide"). Old English seems to have had no specific word for this, using flod and ebba to refer to the rise and fall. Old English heahtid "high tide" meant "festival, high day."
"to carry (as the tide does)," 1620s, from tide (n.). Usually with over. Related: Tided; tiding.
In addition to the idiom beginning with tide
- tide over
- stem the tide
- swim against the current (tide)
- swim with the tide
- time and tide
- turn of the tide