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bide

play
verb \ˈbīd\

Definition of bide

bode play \ˈbōd\ or bid·edbidedbid·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 past usually bided :  to wait for —used chiefly in the phrase bide one's time

  3. 2 archaic :  withstand <two men … might bide the winter storm — W. C. Bryant>

  4. 3 chiefly dialect :  to put up with :  tolerate

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to continue in a state or condition

  7. 2 :  to wait awhile :  tarry

  8. 3 :  to continue in a place :  sojourn

bid·er noun


Examples of bide

  1. <how long are you going to bide in this unhappy marriage?>

  2. <at my advanced age I simply cannot bide young children>



Origin of bide

Middle English, from Old English bīdan; akin to Old High German bītan to wait, Latin fidere to trust, Greek peithesthai to believe


First Known Use: before 12th century




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