verb (used with object), bided or bode; bided or (Archaic) bid; biding.
Archaic. to endure; bear.
Obsolete. to encounter.
verb (used without object), bided or bode; bided or (Archaic) bid; biding.
to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
bide one's time, to wait for a favorable opportunity: He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.

before 900; Middle English biden, Old English bīdan; cognate with Old Frisian bīdia, Old Saxon bīdan, Old High German bītan, Old Norse bītha, Gothic beidan, Latin fīdere, Greek peíthesthai to trust, rely < Indo-European *bheidh-; the meaning apparently developed: have trust > endure > wait > abide > remain

bider, noun

3. stay, linger, tarry. Unabridged
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bide (baɪd)
vb , bides, biding, bided, bode, bided
1.  archaic, dialect or (intr) to continue in a certain place or state; stay
2.  archaic, dialect or (intr) to live; dwell
3.  archaic, dialect or (tr) to tolerate; endure
4.  (Scot) bide a wee to stay a little
5.  (Scot) bide by to abide by
6.  bide one's time to wait patiently for an opportunity
[Old English bīdan; related to Old Norse bītha to wait, Gothic beidan, Old High German bītan]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bidan "to stay, continue, live, remain," also "to trust, rely" (cognate of O.N. biða, O.Fris. bidia, Goth. beidan "to wait"), apparently from PIE *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of O.E. biddan (see bid), the original sense of which was "to command," and "to trust"
(cf. Gk. peithein "to persuade," pistis "faith;" L. fidere "to trust," foedus "compact, treaty," O.C.S. beda "need"). Perhaps the sense evolved in prehistoric times through "endure," and "endure a wait," to "to wait." Preserved in Scotland and northern England, replaced elsewhere by abide in all senses except to bide one's time.
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Example sentences
He has to bide his time and wait for better economic data.
Once cooked, the dish can also bide its time, to anchor a summer buffet at room temperature.
Bide your time and get the program to want you more than it does now.
If pay and conditions are unsatisfactory, they should seek new jobs and bide their time until they can secure a new job.
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