bide

verb \ ˈbīd \

Definition of bide

bode play \ˈbōd\ or bided; bided; biding
transitive verb
1 past tense usually bided :to wait for used chiefly in the phrase bide one's time
  • is biding his time before asking for a raise
2 archaic :withstand
  • two men … might bide the winter storm
  • —W. C. Bryant
3 chiefly dialectal :to put up with :tolerate
  • … couldn't bide children on his place …
  • —J. W. Riley
intransitive verb
1 :to continue in a state or condition
  • bide still a moment
2 :to wait awhile :tarry
3 :to continue in a place :sojourn
  • bide in a cabin

bider

noun

Examples of bide in a Sentence

  1. how long are you going to bide in this unhappy marriage?

  2. at my advanced age I simply cannot bide young children

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Origin and Etymology of bide

Middle English, from Old English bīdan; akin to Old High German bītan to wait, Latin fidere to trust, Greek peithesthai to believe



BIDE Defined for Kids

bide

verb \ ˈbīd \

Definition of bide for Students

bode \ˈbōd\ or bided \ˈbī-dəd\; bided; biding
:to wait or wait for
  • bide a while


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