from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To remain in a condition or state.
- intransitive v. To wait; tarry.
- intransitive v. To stay: bide at home.
- intransitive v. To be left; remain.
- transitive v. To await; wait for.
- idiom bide (one's) time To wait for further developments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. (chiefly dialectal) To bear; to endure; to tolerate.
- v. (archaic or dialectal) To dwell or reside in a location; to abide.
- v. (archaic or dialectal) To wait; to be in expectation; to stay; to remain.
- v. (archaic) To wait for; to await.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To dwell; to inhabit; to abide; to stay.
- intransitive v. To remain; to continue or be permanent in a place or state; to continue to be.
- transitive v. To encounter; to remain firm under (a hardship); to endure; to suffer; to undergo.
- transitive v. To wait for. See Abide.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remain in expectation; wait.
- To be or remain in a place or state; wait.
- To dwell; reside.
- To wait for; await.
- To endure; suffer; bear.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. dwell
Middle English biden, from Old English bīdan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English biden, from Old English bīdan ("to stay, continue, live, remain, delay; wait for, await, expect; endure, experience, find; attain, obtain; own"), from Proto-Germanic *bīdanan (“to wait”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeydʰ- (“to command, persuade, compel, trust”). Latinate cognates (via PIE) include faith and fidelity. (Wiktionary)