a·bide [uh-bahyd]
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.

Verb phrases

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