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[uh-bohd] /əˈboʊd/
a place in which a person resides; residence; dwelling; habitation; home.
an extended stay in a place; sojourn.
1200-50; Middle English abood a waiting, delay, stay; akin to abide Unabridged
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  • These unique abodes are less tent and more reminiscent of a room at a luxury resort.
  • Perfect for abodes that are short on space or long on stairs.
  • She believes that antique abodes can never be rehabilitated, no matter how much money you pour into renovations.
  • Though formally homeless, few of those who lack settled abodes sleep on the streets, nor do many live in dingy hotels or hostels.
  • Many citizens simply cannot afford the abodes that exist, so they don't pay for them.
  • Otter abodes feature numerous tunnels-one of which usually allows them to come and go from the water.
  • Perhaps you think that there are forests and cities, the abodes of gods, and palaces and temples on the way.
  • Unauthorized babies especially are not popular in the abodes of the wealthy.
  • They returned with appetizing legends of hot breakfast in hospitable abodes, or scanty fare given grudgingly in hostile ones.
  • In looking at a dugout one readily imagines a long line of such earthy abodes.
British Dictionary definitions for abodes


a place in which one lives; one's home
Word Origin
C17: n formed from abide


a past tense and past participle of abide
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Word Origin and History for abodes



mid-13c., "action of waiting," verbal noun identical with Old English abad, past participle of abiden "to abide" (see abide), used as a verbal noun. The present-to-preterite vowel change is consistent with an Old English class I strong verb (ride/rode, etc.). Meaning "habitual residence" is first attested 1570s.

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