Verb abide Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


abide (third-person singular simple present abides, present participle abiding, simple past abode or abided, past participle abode or abided or (rare) abidden)

  1. Accept, comply or act in accordance.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To wait in expectation. [2]
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To pause; to delay. [2]
  4. (intransitive) To stay; to continue in a place; to remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to be left. [2]
  5. (intransitive, archaic) To have one's abode; to dwell; to reside; to sojourn. [2]
  6. (intransitive) To endure; to remain; to last. [2]
  7. (transitive) To stand ready for; to await for someone; watch for. [2]
  8. (transitive) To endure without yielding; to withstand; await defiantly; to encounter; to persevere. [2]
  9. (transitive, obsolete) To endure or undergo a hard trial or a task; to stand up under. [2]
  10. (transitive) To await submissively; accept without question; submit to. [2]
  11. (transitive) To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with; stand. [2]
  12. (transitive) To pay for; to stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for; to atone for. [2]
  13. A component in at least one phrasal verb: abide by.

More definition: remain; continue; stay, Abide with me. have one's abode; dwell; reside, to abide in a small Scottish village. continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last. put up with; tolerate; stand, I can't abide dishonesty! endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting, to abide a vigorous onslaught. wait for; await, to abide the coming of the Lord. accept without opposition or question, to abide the verdict of the judges. pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.

9.abide by, to act in accord with. to submit to; agree to, to abide by the court's remain steadfast or faithful to; keep, If you make a promise, abide by it.

1. (transitive) to tolerate; put up with

2. (transitive) to accept or submit to; suffer, to abide the court's decision

3. (intransitive) foll by by to comply (with), to abide by the decision to remain faithful (to), to abide by your promise

4. (intransitive) to remain or continue

5. (intransitive) (archaic) to dwell

6. (transitive) (archaic) to await in expectation

7. (transitive) (archaic) to withstand or sustain; endure, to abide the onslaught Derived Formsabidance, nounabider, noun Word OriginOld English ābīdan, from a- (intensive) + bīdan to wait, bideCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English abidan, gebidan "remain, wait, delay, remain behind," from ge- completive prefix (denoting onward motion; see a- (1)) + bidan "bide, remain, wait, dwell" (see bide). Originally intransitive (with genitive of the object, we abidon his "we waited for him"); transitive sense emerged in Middle English. Meaning "to put up with" (now usually negative) first recorded 1520s. Related, Abided; abiding. The historical conjugation is abide, abode, abidden, but the modern formation is now generally weak.
In addition to the idioms beginning with abide abide by also see, can't stand (abide) The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


Tell your king I will abide by the divine code, but that I have a duty to perform.

Many contracts contain the proviso that in case of future dispute the parties would abide by " the decision of the king."

I), Jerusalem shall abide a holy city for ever.

His best known hymns are "Abide with me!

There are quatrains in the Rubdiyat of Omar Khayyam and pessimistic verses in Ecclesiastes which might have been uttered by Aristippus ("Then commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing than to eat and to drink and to be merry; for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life which God giveth him under the sun").

Protestants to abide by its decisions.

Slowly but steadily, as part of the growth of civilization, countries are signing treaties and reaching agreements that spell out in detail the common set of rules those nations will abide by.

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