English[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

From Old English ābīdan. From a- (intensive) + bīdan (to wait). See also the verb bide.

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Verb[edit | edit source]

to Abide

Third person singular

Simple past
abode or abided

Past participle
abode, abided, or (rare), abidden

Present participle

to Abide (third-person singular simple present abides, present participle abiding, simple past abode or abided, past participle abode, abided, or (rare), abidden)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To wait; to pause; to delay.
  2. (intransitive) To stay; to continue in a place; to have one's abode; to dwell; to sojourn; -- with with before a person, and commonly with at or in before a place.
    "Let the damsel abide with us a few days." - Genesis 24:55
  3. (intransitive) To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain.
    "Let every man abide in the same calling." - 1 Corinthians 7:20
  4. (transitive, obsolete with a personal object) To wait for; to be prepared for; to await; to watch for; as, I abide my time.
    "I will abide the coming of my lord." - Alfred Tennyson
    "Bonds and afflictions abide me." - Acts 20:23
  5. (transitive) To endure; to sustain; to submit to.
    "[Thou] shalt abide her judgment on it." - Alfred Tennyson
  6. (transitive) To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with.
    "She could not abide Master Shallow." - Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 2, III-ii
  7. (transitive, confused with aby "to pay for") To stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for.
    "Dearly I abide that boast so vain," - Milton

Usage notes[edit | edit source]

  • The negative form can't abide is commonly used to indicate strong dislike. Similarly can't stand.

Quotations[edit | edit source]

  • "The Dude abides." Sam Elliot, referring to Jeff Bridges' character, from "The Big Lebowski" a Coen Brothers movie.

Related terms[edit | edit source]

Translations[edit | edit source]

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Shorthand[edit | edit source]

(Version: AnniversaryPre-Anniversary): a - b - i

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