- The definition of abide is to put up with something.
An example of abide is not complaining about your child’s loud music.
- Abide means to stay with or remain.
To remain married for life is an example of abide.
intransitive verbabode or abided, abiding
- to stand fast; remain; go on being
- Archaic to stay; reside (in or at)
Origin of abideMiddle English abiden ; from Old English ābīdan ; from ā-, intensive + bīdan, bide
- to await
- to submit to; put up with
- to live up to (a promise, agreement, etc.)
- to submit to and carry out (a rule, decision, etc.)
verba·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing, a·bides
- To put up with; tolerate: can't abide such incompetence. See Synonyms at endure.
- To wait patiently for: “I will abide the coming of my lord” (Tennyson).
- To remain in a place: “I'll call upon you straight. Abide within” (Shakespeare).
- To continue in existence; endure: “I have decided my life can't be about absence, what I don't have, what does not abide, and the rich grief it brings” (Amy Benson).
- To dwell or reside.
Origin of abideMiddle English abiden, from Old English ābīdan : ā-, intensive pref. + bīdan, to remain; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present abides, present participle abiding, simple past abode or abided, past participle abode, abided, or (rare), abidden)
- (intransitive) To stay; to continue in a place; to remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to be left. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350).]
- (intransitive, archaic) To have one's abode; to dwell; to reside; to sojourn. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- (intransitive) To endure. to remain; to last. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- To stand ready for; to await for someone; watch for. [First attested prior to around 1150.]
- To endure without yielding; to withstand; await defiantly; to encounter; to persevere. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350).]
- The old oak tree abides the wind endlessly.
- To await submissively; accept without question; submit to. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with; stand. [First attested in the late 15th century.]
- To pay for; to stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for; to atone for. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- (bear patiently): Used in the negative form can't abide is used to indicate strong dislike.
From Middle English abiden, from Old English ābīdan (“to abide, wait, remain, delay, remain behind; survive; wait for, await; expect”), from Proto-Germanic *uzbīdaną (“to expect, tolerate”), equivalent to a- + bide. Cognate with Scots abyde (“to abide, remain”), Middle High German erbīten (“to await, expect”), Gothic (usbeidan, “to expect, await, have patience”). The sense of pay for is due to influence from aby.
abide - Legal Definition
- To await.
- To accept or submit to.
- To tolerate or withstand.
- To adhere, execute, obey, perform, or otherwise act in conformity with.
- To dwell, remain, reside, or stay.