abid·​ing | \ə-ˈbī-diŋ \

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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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 With all its abiding flaws, liberalism offered a way out for those who didn’t conform to the demands of the clan. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "If Liberalism Is Dead, What Comes Next?," 17 Jan. 2018 Even babies too young to talk with tune in, in a deep and abiding way, when they are held and read to. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "It's time to put 'A Book on Every Bed'," 18 Dec. 2017 That’s the deep and abiding issue and disconnect — that there is nothing to say. Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Intelligencer, "Russia Indictments Leave Trump Allies Rattled — Contrary to the White House Spin," 30 Oct. 2017 Their abiding emotion, however, was perhaps one of confusion. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, "‘I Thought That Barcelona Was Spanish’: Tourists Caught in Catalonia Unrest," 6 Oct. 2017

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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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