verb (used without object), a·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing.

  1. to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me.
  2. to have one’s abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village.
  3. to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.

verb (used with object), a·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing.

  1. to put up with; tolerate; stand: I can’t abide dishonesty!
  2. to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught.
  3. to wait for; await: to abide the coming of the Lord.
  4. to accept without opposition or question: to abide the verdict of the judges.
  5. to pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.

Verb Phrases

  1. abide by,
    1. to act in accord with.
    2. to submit to; agree to: to abide by the court’s decision.
    3. to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep: If you make a promise, abide by it.

verb abides, abiding, abode or abided

  1. (tr) to tolerate; put up with
  2. (tr) to accept or submit to; sufferto abide the court’s decision
  3. (intr foll by by)
    1. to comply (with)to abide by the decision
    2. to remain faithful (to)to abide by your promise
  4. (intr) to remain or continue
  5. (intr) archaic to dwell
  6. (tr) archaic to await in expectation
  7. (tr) archaic to withstand or sustain; endureto abide the onslaught

Old English abidan, gebidan “remain, wait, delay, remain behind,” from ge- completive prefix (denoting onward motion; see a- (1)) + bidan “bide, remain, wait, dwell” (see bide). Originally intransitive (with genitive of the object: we abidon his “we waited for him”); transitive sense emerged in Middle English. Meaning “to put up with” (now usually negative) first recorded 1520s. Related: Abided; abiding. The historical conjugation is abide, abode, abidden, but the modern formation is now generally weak.

In addition to the idioms beginning with abide

  • abide by

also see:

  • can’t stand (abide)
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