abid·​ing | \ ə-ˈbī-diŋ How to pronounce abiding (audio) \

Definition of abiding

: continuing for a long time : enduring an abiding interest in nature

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Other Words from abiding

abidingly adverb

Examples of abiding in a Sentence

I have an abiding interest in animal welfare—it's not just a phase I'm going through.
Recent Examples on the Web And for feeling, as well, that an abiding sense of gratitude on this particular Thanksgiving may be elusive to achieve. Michael S. Hopkins, The Christian Science Monitor, "A Thanksgiving like no other: Finding uplift in a dark year," 25 Nov. 2020 The abiding social hierarchy was as comforting as my dirty Martini, extra olives, and the squarely decent food. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "The Pandemic-Proof Atmosphere of the Odeon Outside," 30 Oct. 2020 Her quirky sensibility often recalls Billy Collins, the former U.S. poet laureate whose puckish eye for the comically absurd is an abiding reminder that poetry needn’t always be a somber exercise. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Barbara Kingsolver’s poems gently mock how-to books," 20 Oct. 2020 Lee is immersed in all things Scandinavia, with an abiding love for the Nordic countries and far north destinations like Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Travel + Leisure, "Melissa Lee," 12 Oct. 2020 But this pride was hounded by a nagging sense of shame—the abiding embarrassment at finding too many things wondrous: a leaf, a bug, a stranger’s face, an ASPCA mobile bus full of homeless kittens. Leslie Jamison, The New York Review of Books, "Other Voices, Other Rooms," 29 Apr. 2020 That was obviously wrong, unless the puzzle turns out to be a rebus and Mr. Magoo developed a sudden and abiding interest in arks. New York Times, "Sets Out on the Highway," 5 Mar. 2020 The murderous ambush by poachers of a half dozen rangers, on a hilltop called Heban, is a dark memory and an abiding incentive for vigilance within the culture of Zakouma. David Quammen, National Geographic, "To save wildlife, African governments turn to private management," 12 Nov. 2019 There are deep and abiding health disparities between white and minority Americans. Paige Winfield Cunningham, BostonGlobe.com, "Obamacare improved the uninsured gap between black and white Americans, study says," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of abiding

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abiding

Middle English abydynge, from present participle of abiden "to abide"

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The first known use of abiding was in the 15th century

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“Abiding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abiding. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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