What does abide mean?

Definitions for abideəˈbaɪd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word abide.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bide, abide, stay(verb)


    "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young"

  2. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put up(verb)

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"


  1. abide(Verb)

    To wait in expectation; to pause; to delay; to tarry.

  2. abide(Verb)

    To stay; to continue in a place; to have one's abode; to dwell; to sojourn;

  3. abide(Verb)

    To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain; to last; to endure.

  4. abide(Verb)

    To [[remain;; to be left.

  5. abide(Verb)

    To stand ready for; to await for someone.

  6. abide(Verb)

    To wait for, to be prepared for, to await expectantly, to watch for.

  7. abide(Verb)

    To endure or undergo a hard trial or a task; to stand up under.

  8. abide(Verb)

    To endure without yielding; to withstand; await defiantly.

  9. abide(Verb)

    To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with; stand.

  10. abide(Verb)

    To pay for; to stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for; to atone for.

  11. abide(Verb)

    To await submisively; accept without question; submit to.

  12. Origin: * Probably from before 1200.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abide(verb)

    to wait; to pause; to delay

  2. Abide(verb)

    to stay; to continue in a place; to have one's abode; to dwell; to sojourn; -- with with before a person, and commonly with at or in before a place

  3. Abide(verb)

    to remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain

  4. Abide(verb)

    to wait for; to be prepared for; to await; to watch for; as, I abide my time

  5. Abide(verb)

    to endure; to sustain; to submit to

  6. Abide(verb)

    to bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with

  7. Abide(verb)

    to stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for

  8. Origin: [AS. bdan; pref. - (cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + bdan to bide. See Bide.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abide

    a-bīd′, v.t. to bide or wait for: to endure: to tolerate.—v.i. to remain in a place, dwell or stay:—pa.t. and pa.p. abōde′.—n. Abid′ance.—adj. Abid′ing, continual.—n. an enduring.—adv. Abid′ingly. [A.S. ábídan—pfx. á- (= Goth. us = Ger. er), and bídan, to wait.]

  2. Abide

    a-bīd′, v.t. (Shak. and Milton) to redeem, pay the penalty for, suffer. [M. E. abyen, confounded with Abide. See Aby.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abide in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. D. H. Lawrence:

    Try to find your deepest issue in every confusion, and abide by that.

  2. Lily Jacqueline:

    It's a big step forward, maybe we could have a common contract for all domestic workers and force employers to abide by it.

  3. Petro Poroshenko:

    If the enemy doesn't want to abide by the cease-fire, if he doesn't want to put an end to the suffering of peaceful people, Ukrainian villages and town, we will smash them in the teeth.

  4. Lao Tzu:

    There is no need to run outside for better seeing... Rather abide at the center of your being For the more you leave it the less you learn. Search your heart and see... The way to do is to be.

  5. Harry Emerson Fosdick:

    The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • يبقى, الالتزامArabic
  • чакам, очаквам, търпя, пребивавам, оставам, толерирамBulgarian
  • ausstehen, aushalten, weilen, harrenGerman
  • habitar, esperar, tolerar, soportar, demorar, aguardar, quedar, permanecerSpanish
  • demeurer, tolérer, supporterFrench
  • रहनाHindi
  • tollerare, attendere, sopportare, abitare, risiedere, aspettare, vivere, dimorareItalian
  • 준수Korean
  • possideoLatin
  • tinggal dalam, dudukMalay
  • wonen, verdragen, doorstaan, toelaten, verblijven, afwachten, ondergaan, uithouden, tolererenDutch
  • forbli, tolerere, avvente, holde utNorwegian
  • habitar, residir, viver, esperar, aguentar, aguardar, persistir, suportar, tolerar, morarPortuguese
  • пребыва́ть, жить, ждать, терпе́ть, прожива́ть, обита́ть, остава́ться, ожида́ть, выноси́ть, соблюдатьRussian
  • vytrvať, strpieťSlovak
  • தங்கியிருப்பார்கள்Tamil
  • oturmak, ikamet etmekTurkish
  • رہوUrdu

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