abid·​ing ə-ˈbī-diŋ How to pronounce abiding (audio)
: continuing for a long time : enduring
an abiding interest in nature
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 Hoult was one of the actors who was reportedly in the running for the titular role; instead, Gunn — the co-chief of DC Studios and the writer-director of the film — picked Hoult to play Luthor, the industry titan with a bald head and an abiding fixation on bringing down the Last Son of Krypton. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 Most academics would feel an abiding and justified sense of personal satisfaction in displaying such testimonials. Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Doing so would help put our solar system in context and resolve some abiding curiosities, said Mary Knapp, an astronomer who studies exoplanets at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Haystack Observatory. Quanta Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 Naming this reality is politically contentious, even as a consensus has formed about the abiding and severe inequalities that define it. Michael Barnett, Foreign Affairs, 14 Apr. 2023 The impact, immediate and abiding, was cosmic. WIRED, 11 Nov. 2022 Deeper still, whether Jupiter has a solid core is an abiding mystery — one that the Juno spacecraft has been tasked to solve. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 8 May 2017 Thomas Jefferson spoke of the abiding American conviction that tomorrow can be better than today. Jon Meacham, Town & Country, 30 Oct. 2022 Many of these e-mails demand immediate responses and arrive threateningly in unison, so our winningest parents possess an abiding sense of duty mixed with paranoia. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 Dec. 2023.

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