Meaning of ABIDE in English


əˈbīd verb

( abode -bōd ; or abid·ed -bīdə̇d ; abode or abided also abid·den -bid ə n ; abiding ; abides )

Etymology: Middle English abiden, from Old English ābīdan, from ā- (perfective prefix) + bīdan to bide, wait — more at abear , bide

transitive verb

1. archaic

a. : to wait for : await expectantly : watch for : expect

I will abide the coming of my lord — Alfred Tennyson

b. : to stand ready for : await — used of things awaiting persons

the fate which abides him


a. obsolete : to stand up under : endure or undergo (a hard trial or task)

material able to abide hard use

b. : to endure without yielding : await defiantly : withstand , face

abide the onrush of the enemy

abide one's doom

c. : to endure or bear patiently : tolerate , stand — used in negative construction

cannot abide such people

can't abide the taste of caraway

sometimes with to and the infinitive

cannot abide to stay in one position for long — T.B.Costain

3. : to await submissively : accept without question or objection

unwilling to abide the decision of the court

: submit to

works securely established among the classics have had to abide the question of a new criticism


[by folk etymology from aby ]

: to atone for : pay for : suffer for

dearly I abide that boast so vain — John Milton

intransitive verb

1. : to wait in expectation or before proceeding : tarry , delay , stop

the sawyer did not participate … but abided at a little distance — Charles Dickens

we shall abide till the battle is won — Rudyard Kipling


a. : to be or remain stable or fixed in some state or constant in some relationship : continue

let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called — 1 Cor 7:20 (Authorized Version)

a love that abides with him all his days

b. : to continue to be : last , endure

though many features were abiding, the changes were much felt

3. : to be left : remain

tho' much is taken, much abides — Alfred Tennyson

4. : to continue in a place : have one's abode : dwell

I repented my rashness in venturing to abide in town — Daniel Defoe

Synonyms: see bear , continue , stay

- abide by

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