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abide

abide

verb \ə-ˈbīd\

: to accept or bear (someone or something bad, unpleasant, etc.)

: to stay or live somewhere

: to remain or continue

abode \-ˈbōd\ or abid·edabid·ing

Full Definition of ABIDE

transitive verb
1
:  to wait for :  await
2
a :  to endure without yielding :  withstand
b :  to bear patiently :  tolerate <cannot abide such bigots>
3
:  to accept without objection <will abide your decision>
intransitive verb
1
:  to remain stable or fixed in a state
2
:  to continue in a place :  sojourn
abid·er noun
abide by
1
:  to conform to <abide by the rules>
2
:  to acquiesce in <will abide by your decision>

Examples of ABIDE

  1. abide in the house of the Lord
  2. a love that abided till the end of their lives
  3. Now his anger had poisoned all relationships, no one could be put in the two empty beds in the room, and not even his long-suffering sister could abide him in her house. —Peter Pouncey, Rules for Old Men Waiting, 2005

Origin of ABIDE

Middle English, from Old English ābīdan, from ā-, perfective prefix + bīdan to bide; akin to Old High German ir-, perfective prefix — more at BIDE
First Known Use: before 12th century

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