Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To live in a place permanently or for an extended period.
  • intransitive v. To be inherently present; exist: the potential energy that resides in flowing water.
  • intransitive v. To be vested, as a power or right: the authority that resides in the Supreme Court.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To dwell permanently or for a considerable time; to have a settled abode for a time; to remain for a long time.
  • v. To have a seat or fixed position; to inhere; to lie or be as in attribute or element.
  • v. To sink; to settle, as sediment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To dwell permanently or for a considerable time; to have a settled abode for a time; to abide continuosly; to have one's domicile of home; to remain for a long time.
  • intransitive v. To have a seat or fixed position; to inhere; to lie or be as in attribute or element.
  • intransitive v. To sink; to settle, as sediment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dwell permanently or for a considerable time; have a settled abode for a time, or a dwelling or home; specifically, to be in official residence (said of holders of benefices, etc.).
  • To abide or be inherent in, as a quality; inhere.
  • To sink to the bottom, as of liquids; settle; subside, in general.
  • Synonyms Sojourn, Continue, etc. (see abide), be domiciled, be domiciliated, make a home.

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

  • v. make one's home in a particular place or community
  • v. be inherent or innate in
  • v. live (in a certain place)

Etymologies

Middle English residen, from Old French resider, from Latin residēre, to remain behind, reside : re-, re- + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French resider, from Latin residere ("to remain behind, reside, dwell"), from re- ("back") + sedere ("to sit"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One morning on awaking from sleep my thoughts were deeply engaged on some arcana of conjugial love, and at length on this, "_In what region of the human mind does love truly conjugial reside, and thence in what region does conjugial cold reside_?"

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  • She learns that this very weird place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside, is a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world.

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  • For all the jokes going round the world about US politics and this country wherein reside those screaming effective, getting-their-job done philandering politicians (all about as funny as a CRUTCH!), every country in the world in turn is soon going to be making a dirty joke out of the United States in general.

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  • This would eliminate the compliance burden on taxpayers that so elect, and if they choose not to have tax withheld and do not then themselves comply with applicable sale and use tax, the state in which they reside is fully justified in pursuing them.

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  • Targeting the voters in the specific areas where the undecided supers reside is a great idea.

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  • Weighting votes differently according to where citizens happen to reside is discriminatory.

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  • I like the game, but the bubble in which its players reside is something else.

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  • Acapulco, which appears to be only a few kilometers from the town in which you reside, is a sophisticated city of at least 600,000 (counted) inhabitants with numerous luxurious hotels and restaurants and a huge international tourist trade.

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  • The small town in which my wife, step-daughter and I reside is over-run with the one-time residents of towns like Chalmette, Meraux and Arabi, whose homes are gone or beyond repair, the streets and roads are congested with the traffic generated by the new residents of this parish, but oddly enough, small businesses and restaurants are failing because they can†™ t get staff to meet their needs.

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  • Even more interestingly, the majority opinion compared statutes concerning residency requirements for voters against those for candidates -- both of which statutes use a variation of the word "reside" -- and found that Mr. Emanuel did have a "residence" in Chicago for the purpose of being qualified to vote in Chicago but did not "reside in" Chicago for the purpose of being a candidate.

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