Until now, criminals had abided by the common rule that children should be spared.
The two men have abided by a “ nonaggression pact” since 2000, when they agreed to refrain from criticizing each other.
Yet when he abided by the request of politicians to first consult Congress, many Republicans mocked him for this same exact act.
Old English abidan, gebidan "remain, wait, delay, remain behind," 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 Middle English. Meaning "to put up with" (now usually negative) first recorded 1520s. Related: Abided; abiding. The historical conjugation is abide, abode, abidden, but the modern formation is now generally weak.