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[bahyd] /baɪd/
verb (used with object), bided or bode; bided or (Archaic) bid; biding.
1.
Archaic. to endure; bear.
2.
Obsolete. to encounter.
verb (used without object), bided or bode; bided or (Archaic) bid; biding.
3.
to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
Idioms
4.
bide one's time, to wait for a favorable opportunity:
He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.
Origin of bide
900
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
Related forms
bider, noun
Synonyms
3. stay, linger, tarry.
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  • At home I bided what fate might come, and I cared for mine own; feuds I sought not, nor falsely swore ever on oath.

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  • Kirkwood acceded, perforce; and bided his time with what tolerance he could muster.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Meanwhile Washington had waited and watched, and bided his time.

    George Washington, Vol. II Henry Cabot Lodge
  • He made his camp and bided the arrival of the cattle; but that arrival did not materialize.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • Clark, a master of border warfare, who was never tricked by them, let them go and bided his time.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • In other words, he bided his time, and when he did strike, struck at an unguarded place.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
  • He made a number of singularly impolite remarks, but Travis said nothing and bided his time.

    Conquest Over Time Michael Shaara
British Dictionary definitions for bided

bide

/baɪd/
verb bides, biding, bided, bode, bided
1.
(intransitive) (archaic or dialect) to continue in a certain place or state; stay
2.
(intransitive) (archaic or dialect) to live; dwell
3.
(transitive) (archaic or dialect) 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
Often shortened to (Scot) byde
Word Origin
Old English bīdan; related to Old Norse bītha to wait, Gothic beidan, Old High German bītan
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Word Origin and History for bided

bide

v.

Old English bidan "to stay, continue, live, remain," also "to trust, rely" (cognate with Old Norse biða, Old Saxon bidan, Old Frisian bidia, Middle Dutch biden, Old High German bitan, Gothic beidan "to wait"), apparently from PIE *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of Old English biddan (see bid (v.)), the original sense of which was "to command," and "to trust" (cf. Greek peithein "to persuade," pistis "faith;" Latin fidere "to trust," foedus "compact, treaty," Old Church Slavonic 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. Related: Bided; biding.

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