bide

verb \ ˈbīd \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of bide

bode play \ˈbōd\ or bided; bided; biding
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
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 biden "to stay, linger, wait expectantly, hope for, undergo," going back to Old English bīdan, past bād, bidon, past participle biden, going back to Germanic *bīðan- (whence also Old Saxon bīdan "to wait, stand ready, hold out," Old High German bītan "to wait, expect," Old Norse bíða "to wait for, suffer, undergo," Gothic beidan "to wait for, endure"), perhaps going back to Indo-European *bhei̯d- "entrust, trust" — more at 1faith
Note: The argument has been made, most notably by Émile Benveniste (Le vocabulaire des institutions indo-européennes, Paris, 1969, tome 1, pp. 119-20), that in Germanic an older sense "place one's trust in something" developed into "expect with confidence, wait for" and then "undergo, endure"—though this hypothesis has not been universally accepted.



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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