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.

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One of the abiding mysteries of recent political history remains how the blunt and brutal character standing on the GOP primary stage in his fire-engine-red tie beat the skilled politicians alongside him. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "The Right’s Resistance," 9 Jan. 2019 Its abiding theme is the richness of friendship, an abundance more profound than anything under the tree. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "An Ode to Holiday Companionship," 21 Dec. 2018 To Flannery, Immelt, Welch and the others schooled in Crotonville, Larry Culp’s ascension punctured a deep and abiding conviction: General Electric made the greatest managers in the world, who could run anything better than anyone else. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 This is an abiding complaint among young men in a country with a surfeit of them. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "A Dance for Tibetan New Year, Then 17 Hours in Custody," 18 Feb. 2018 Her boss's abiding strategy is to double down and admit no wrong. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Sarah Sanders vs. the truth on that Trump Tower meeting, Day 2," 5 June 2018 Writing for the progressive Catholic magazine Commonweal, Patrick Baumann notes the abiding popularity among Catholics of the 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018 During the eulogies, speakers remembered Barbara Bush for her abiding humor, sternness, and faith. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Bush Family, Crowd of Dignitaries Remember Barbara Bush," 21 Apr. 2018 His appreciation of New Orleans is informed by a deep and abiding respect for the elders who came before him. National Geographic, "New Orleans is a City of Stories," 1 Mar. 2018

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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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