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

  • transitive v. To put up with; tolerate: can't abide such incompetence. See Synonyms at bear1.
  • transitive v. To wait patiently for: "I will abide the coming of my lord” ( Tennyson).
  • transitive v. To withstand: a thermoplastic that will abide rough use and great heat.
  • intransitive v. To remain in a place.
  • intransitive v. To continue to be sure or firm; endure. See Synonyms at stay1.
  • intransitive v. To dwell or sojourn.
  • idiom abide by To conform to; comply with: abide by the rules; had to abide by the judge's decision.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To wait; to pause; to delay.
  • intransitive v. To stay; to continue in a place; to have one's abode; to dwell; to sojourn; -- with with before a person, and commonly with at or in before a place.
  • intransitive v. To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain.
  • transitive v. To wait for; to be prepared for; to await; to watch for.
  • transitive v. To endure; to sustain; to submit to.
  • transitive v. To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with.
  • transitive v. To stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wait for; especially, to stand one's ground against.
  • To await; be in store for.
  • To endure or sustain; remain firm under.
  • To put up with; tolerate.
  • To encounter; undergo: in a jocular sense.
  • To have one's abode; dwell; reside.
  • To remain; continue to stay.
  • To continue in a certain condition; remain steadfast or faithful.
  • To wait; stop; delay.
  • To inhere; belong as an attribute or quality; have its seat.
  • To pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.

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

  • v. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  • v. dwell


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

Middle English abiden, from Old English ābīdan : ā-, intensive pref. + bīdan, to remain; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English abiden, from Old English ābīdan ("to abide, wait, remain, delay, remain behind; survive; wait for, await; expect"), from Proto-Germanic *uzbīdanan (“to expect, tolerate”), equivalent to a- +‎ bide. Cognate with Scots abyde ("to abide, remain"), Middle High German erbīten ("to await, expect"), Gothic 𐌿𐍃𐌱𐌴𐌹𐌳𐌰𐌽 (usbeidan, "to expect, await, have patience"). The sense of pay for is due to influence from aby.



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