verb (used without object), abode or abided, abiding.
to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me.
to have one's abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village.
to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.
verb (used with object), abode or abided, abiding.
to put up with; tolerate; stand: I can't abide dishonesty!
to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught.
to wait for; await: to abide the coming of the Lord.
to accept without opposition or question: to abide the verdict of the judges.
to pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.
Verb phrases
abide by,
to act in accord with.
to submit to; agree to: to abide by the court's decision.
to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep: If you make a promise, abide by it.

before 1000; Middle English abiden, Old English ābīdan; cognate with Old High German irbītan await, Gothic usbeisns expectation, patience. See a-3, bide

abider, noun

1. tarry. 2. live. 3. persevere, endure. 4. bear, endure, brook; support.
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abide (əˈbaɪd)
vb (foll by by) , abides, abiding, abode, abided
1.  (tr) to tolerate; put up with
2.  (tr) to accept or submit to; suffer: to abide the court's decision
3.  a.  to comply (with): to abide by the decision
 b.  to remain faithful (to): to abide by your promise
4.  (intr) to remain or continue
5.  archaic (intr) to dwell
6.  archaic (tr) to await in expectation
7.  archaic (tr) to withstand or sustain; endure: to abide the onslaught
[Old English ābīdan, from a- (intensive) + bīdan to wait, bide]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. abidan, gebidan "remain," from ge- completive prefix (denoting onward motion; see a- (1)) + bidan "bide, remain, wait, dwell" (see bide). Originally intransitive (with genitive of the object: we abidon his "we waited for him"); transitive sense
emerged in M.E. Meaning "to put up with" (now usually negative) first recorded 1520s. The historical conjugation is abide, abode, abidden, but the modern formation is now generally weak.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with abide, also see can't stand (abide).

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Example sentences
The fish must be coaxed into that state without losing its essence, or the dude
  will not abide.
They should act like adults who, while they may have a healthy dislike of laws,
  nonetheless they abide by them.
If hired, I agree to abide by these statements.
Harper said he expects foreign ships to abide by the new requirement.
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