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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dwelling place; a home.
  • noun The act of abiding; a sojourn.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of abide.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English abod, home, from abiden, to wait; see abide.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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