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
IV. iii.99 (330,4) [abide] To _abide_, here, must signify, to _sojourn_, to live for a time without a settled habitation.
The tough part seems to come in knowing how to abide or what the word abide really means.
Corruption isn't everything: Americans can forgive rascals who manage to win -- look at Bill Clinton -- but what they cannot abide is losers.
Hunter's choice of the word abide brings to mind the 1847 poem Abide With Me by Henry F. Lyte:
What they do not expect, and will not abide, is the sort of harsh, demanding regimen necessary to produce disciplined and effective soldiers.
"Abide in me, and let my word abide in you; then ye shall ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
"If ye abide in Me, and My word abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
If ye abide in me, and my word abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
No; factum non dicitur quod non perseverat -- that which does not abide is not said to be done.
The word is the same -- 'abide' -- which is so often upon his lips in his Gospel and in his Epistles, as expressive of the innermost experience of the Christian soul, the condition of all fruitfulness, blessedness, knowledge and Christ - likeness.