intransitive verbbid′ed or bode, bid′ed, bid′ing
- to stay; continue
- to dwell; reside
- to wait
Origin of bideMiddle English biden from Old English bidan, to stay, wait from Indo-European base an unverified form bheidh- (see bid), probably in sense “compel oneself,” hence, delay
bide one's time
verbbid·ed, or bode bid·ed, bid·ing, bides
- To remain in a condition or state.
- a. To wait; tarry.b. To stay: bide at home.c. To be left; remain.
Origin of bideMiddle English biden from Old English bīdan ; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present bides, present participle biding, simple past bode or bided, past participle bided or bidden)
- The verb has been replaced by abide in Standard English for almost all its uses, and is now rarely found outside the expression bide one's time.
From Middle English biden, from Old English bīdan (“to stay, continue, live, remain, delay; wait for, await, expect; endure, experience, find; attain, obtain; own”), from Proto-Germanic *bīdaną (“to wait”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeydʰ- (“to command, persuade, compel, trust”). Latinate cognates (via PIE) include faith and fidelity.