What does abide mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bide, abide, stayverb


    "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 upverb

    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. abideverb

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

  2. abideverb

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

  3. abideverb

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

  4. abideverb

    To [[remain;; to be left.

  5. abideverb

    To stand ready for; to await for someone.

  6. abideverb

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

  7. abideverb

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

  8. abideverb

    To endure without yielding; to withstand; await defiantly.

  9. abideverb

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

  10. abideverb

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

  11. abideverb

    To await submisively; accept without question; submit to.

  12. Etymology: * Probably from before 1200.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ABIDEverb

    I abode or abid.

    Etymology: from bidian , or aubidian , Sax.

    Thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, if I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever. Now therefore I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad, a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. Gen. xliv. 32, 33.

    The Marquis Dorset, as I hear, is fled
    To Richmond, in the parts where he abides. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. Psalm cxxv. 1.

    The fear of the Lord tendeth to life; and he that hath it shall abide satisfied. Prov. xix. 23.

    Those who apply themselves to learning, are forced to acknowledge one God, incorruptible and unbegotten; who is the only true being, and abides for ever above the highest heavens, from whence he beholds all the things that are done in heaven and earth. Edward Stillingfleet, Defence of Disc. on Rom. Idolat.

    There can be no study without time; and the mind must abide and dwell upon things, or be always a stranger to the inside of them. South.

    Home is he brought, and laid in sumptuous bed,
    Where many skilful leeches him abide,
    To salve his hurts. Fairy Queen, b. i. cant.
    5. stanz. 17.

    While lions war, and battle for their dens,
    Poor harmless lambs abide their enmity. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI. p. 3.

    Bonds and afflictions abide me. Acts xx. 23.

    Ah me! they little know
    How dearly I abide that boast so vain. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. iv. l. 87.

    But the Lord he is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: At his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Jer. x. 10.

    It must be allowed a fair presumption in favour of the truth of my doctrines, that they have abid a very rigorous test now for above thirty years, stand yet firm; and the longer and more strictly they are look’d into, the more they are confirmed to this very day. John Woodward, Letter i.

    Thou can’st not abide Tiridates; this is but love of thyself. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Thy vile race,
    Though thou didst learn, had that in’t, which good natures
    Could not abide to be with; therefore wast thou
    Deservedly confin’d into this rock. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    That chief (rejoin’d the God) his race derives
    From Ithaca, and wond’rous woes survives;
    Laertes’ son: girt with circumfluous tides
    He still calamitous constraint abides. Alexander Pope, Odyss. b. iv. l. 750.

    It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: Abide with me. Gen. xxix. 19.

    For thy servant vowed a vow, while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, if the Lord shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord. 2 Sam. xv. 8.


  1. abide

    Abide generally means to accept, follow or adhere to something such as rules, laws, principles or a particular situation. It can also mean to tolerate or withstand certain circumstances or behaviors. Additionally, it may imply staying in a particular place for a certain period of time.

  2. abide

    To abide means to accept or act in accordance with a rule, decision, or recommendation. It can also mean to tolerate or withstand something or someone, typically patiently. Furthermore, it can refer to the act of living or dwelling somewhere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abideverb

    to wait; to pause; to delay

  2. Abideverb

    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. Abideverb

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

  4. Abideverb

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

  5. Abideverb

    to endure; to sustain; to submit to

  6. Abideverb

    to bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with

  7. Abideverb

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

  8. Etymology: [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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ABIDE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Abide is ranked #137327 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Abide surname appeared 122 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Abide.

    93.4% or 114 total occurrences were White.
    4.9% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

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  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

Examples of abide in a Sentence

  1. D. H. Lawrence:

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

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison . . . the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.

  3. Joan Laporta:

    And in the Spanish league we have to abide by the rules. We think they could be more flexible, but that’s not an excuse, we knew the regulation. We couldn't abide by it because of the inheritance we had.

  4. Joan Laporta:

    There comes a moment when you need to say ‘enough’. You need to analyze rigorously with a cold head and look at the numbers, and in the Spanish league we have to abide by the rules. We think they could be more flexible, but that’s not an excuse, we knew the regulation. We couldn't abide by it because of the inheritance we had.

  5. Phil Derner:

    For the most part, there is no such thing as an ‘ unsafe ’ airline, agencies such as the [ Federal Aviation Administration ] have very strict regulations for safe operations of air travel that all airlines must abide by, without exception. Even the lowest of low cost/no frills airlines jump through the same hoops as large major carriers, and are no less or more safe than the next.

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  • يبقى, الالتزامArabic
  • толерирам, чакам, очаквам, търпя, пребивавам, оставамBulgarian
  • ausstehen, aushalten, weilen, harrenGerman
  • quedar, soportar, tolerar, aguardar, demorar, habitar, permanecer, esperarSpanish
  • پایبند بودنPersian
  • tolérer, demeurer, supporterFrench
  • रहनाHindi
  • vivere, dimorare, tollerare, abitare, attendere, risiedere, aspettare, sopportareItalian
  • 준수Korean
  • possideoLatin
  • tinggal dalam, dudukMalay
  • verblijven, verdragen, afwachten, wonen, ondergaan, doorstaan, uithouden, tolereren, toelatenDutch
  • forbli, avvente, tolerere, holde utNorwegian
  • morar, habitar, persistir, esperar, aguentar, viver, residir, aguardar, suportar, tolerarPortuguese
  • прожива́ть, соблюдать, выноси́ть, обита́ть, терпе́ть, ждать, жить, пребыва́ть, остава́ться, ожида́тьRussian
  • strpieť, vytrvaťSlovak
  • தங்கியிருப்பார்கள்Tamil
  • อยู่Thai
  • oturmak, ikamet etmek, uymakTurkish
  • رہوUrdu
  • 遵守Chinese

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    one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid
    • A. sousing
    • B. larceny
    • C. ventricle
    • D. sapling

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