verb (used without object), abode or abided, abiding.
1. to remain; continue; stay:
- Abide with the halted train.
2. to have one's abode; live in; reside
- To abide in the big city is an adventure.
3. to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.
verb (used with object), abode or abided, abiding.
4. to put up with; tolerate:
- I can't abide by these unfair rules!
5. to endure or withstand without yielding or submitting:
- He abided the punishment.
6. to wait for:
- To abide the bus.
7. to accept without opposition or question:
- To abide by the punishment.
8. to pay the price or penalty of:
- The Lord abided the penalty for sin.
9. abide by,
- a. to act in accordance with.
- b. to agree to; submit to:
- To abide by the boss's decision.
- c. to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep:
- If you get married, abide by the relationship.
before 1000; Middle English abiden, Old English ābīdan; cognate with Old High German irbītan await, Gothic usbeisns expectation, patience. See a-3, bide