Abide Definition

abided, abides, abiding, abode
abided, abides, abiding, abode
To put up with; tolerate.
Can't abide such incompetence.
American Heritage
To stand fast; remain; go on being.
Webster's New World
To await.
Webster's New World
To wait patiently for.
American Heritage
To stay; reside (in or at)
Webster's New World
abide by
  • To conform to; comply with:

    abide by the rules.

American Heritage
abide by
  • to live up to (a promise, agreement, etc.)
  • to submit to and carry out (a rule, decision, etc.)
Webster's New World

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Origin of Abide

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English abiden from Old English ābīdan ā- intensive pref. bīdan to remain bheidh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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