from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. A past tense and a past participle of abide.
  • n. A dwelling place; a home.
  • n. The act of abiding; a sojourn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of abide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pret. of abide.
  • n. Act of waiting; delay.
  • n. Stay or continuance in a place; sojourn.
  • n. Place of continuance, or where one dwells; abiding place; residence; a dwelling; a habitation.
  • n. An omen.
  • intransitive v. To be ominous.
  • transitive v. To bode; to foreshow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To foreshow; prognosticate; forebode.
  • To be an omen; forebode: as, “this abodes sadly,” Dr. H. More, Decay of Christian Piety.
  • n. Stay; continuance in a place; residence for a time.
  • n. A place of continuance; a dwelling; a habitation.
  • n. Delay: as, “fled away without abode,” Spenser.
  • n. Preterit of abide.
  • n. An omen; a prognostication; a foreboding.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any address at which you dwell more than temporarily
  • n. housing that someone is living in


Middle English abod, home, from abiden, to wait; see abide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English abod, abad, from Old English *ābād, related to ābīdan ("to abide"); see abide. Cognate with Scots abade, abaid ("abode"). For the change of vowel, compare abode, preterit of abide. (Wiktionary)


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