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abide

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of abide

  1. 1 to continue to be in a place for a significant amount of time <refused to abide where it was clear that he wasn't wanted> Synonyms {h,1}stay, dwell, hang around, remain, stick around, tarryRelated Words await, hang on, hold on, wait; dally, dawdle, linger, loiter; outstay, overstayNear Antonyms abscond, book [slang], decamp, escape, evacuate, flee, fly, get out, run away, scat, scram, skip; abandon, desert, forsake, vacateAntonyms bail, bail out, bug out, buzz (off), clear off [chiefly British], clear out, cut out, depart, exit, get off, go, go off, leave, move, pack (up or off), peel off, pike (out or off), pull out, push off, push on, quit, shove (off), take off, vamoose, walk out

  2. 2 to have a home <the charming fantasy that fairies abide in the cup-shaped flowers dotting the woodland floor> Synonyms live, dwell, resideRelated Words lodge, settle, stay; frequent, hang (at), haunt, visit; cohabit, inhabit, occupy; people, populate; lease, rent, sublet, tenant

  3. 3 to put up with (something painful or difficult) <cannot abide being in huge crowds> Synonyms bear, absorb, accept, bide [chiefly dialect], brook, countenance, endure, go, hack, handle, meet, pocket, stand, stick out, stomach, support, sustain, sweat out, take, tolerate, wear [British]Related Words allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to)Near Antonyms decline, dismiss, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn, turn down; combat, contest, fight, oppose, resist; avoid, bypass, circumvent, dodge, elude, escape, evade, miss; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from)

  4. 4 to remain indefinitely in existence or in the same state <the village's once-honored ways no longer abide and now exist only in the memories of a few elders> Synonyms continue, bide, endure, hold on, hold up, keep up, last, perdure, persist, remain, run onRelated Words linger, stay, stick around, tarry; carry through, prevail, surviveNear Antonyms abate, die (down), ebb, let up, moderate, subside, waneAntonyms cease, close, conclude, desist, die, discontinue, end, expire, finish, lapse, leave off, pass, quit, stop, terminate, wind up





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