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

Definition of abiding

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

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 Who among us doesn’t harbor an abiding love for Nicolas Cage? Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 That is a potent charge in a country with an abiding fear of Russia. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2021 James Vick ran a hugely successful seed business in Rochester, New York, in the mid-nineteenth century driven by an abiding love of flowers, and the desire to spread that love. BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2021 Yet my efforts were untethered to anything deep or abiding. Kyle Meyaard-schaap, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 Nevertheless, very little of this present reality and its abiding connections to the past is acknowledged in most contemporary adaptations of Lovecraft’s fiction. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, 19 Mar. 2021 Behind the statistics is an abiding strain of prejudice, dating back to the Puritan settlement, that sees cultural work, especially stage acting, as a species of child’s play or worse. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 30 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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“Abiding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abiding. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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