Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More

October 21, 2012

Word of the Day

  • abide
  • audio pronunciation
  • \uh-BYDE\
  • DEFINITION

verb

1
: to endure, tolerate, or accept
2
: to remain stable or fixed in a state
3
: to continue in a place
  • EXAMPLES

Susan has been a vegetarian for years and can no longer abide even the smell of cooked meat.

"Linen suits have a lot going for them, but if you can't abide all that wrinkling, a linen-wool-blend suit ... looks crisp and still offers linen's cooling properties." — From an article in Esquire, May 1, 2012

  • DID YOU KNOW?

"Abide" may sound rather old-fashioned these days. The word has been around since before the 12th century, but it is a bit rare now, except in certain specialized uses. Even more archaic to our modern ear is "abidden," the original past participle of "abide." Today, both the past and the past participle of "abide" are served by either "abode" or "abided," with "abided" being the more frequent choice. "Abide" turns up often in the phrase "can't (or couldn't) abide." The expression "abide by," which means "to conform to" or "to acquiesce in," is also common. Related terms include the participial adjective "abiding" (which means "enduring" or "continuing," as in "an abiding interest in nature"), the noun "abidance" ("continuance" or "compliance"), and the noun "abode" ("residence").

Test Your Memory: What word begins with "v" and completes this sentence from a former Word of the Day piece: "The country's unsteady economy is due to ___________ global markets and the new government's rash economic reforms"? The answer is ...

  • MORE WORDS OF THE DAY

Visit our archives to see previous selections ยป

  • FEATURED ITEM FROM OUR STORE

An expressive t-shirt:

"Use Your Words"

Browse all items »

  • PODCAST

Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP

  • SUBSCRIBE

Subscribe to the Word of the Day e-mail

Manage Your Account