bide

play
verb \ˈbīd\

Definition of bide

bode

play \ˈbōd\ or

bided

;

bided

;

biding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 archaic :  withstand <two men … might bide the winter storm — W. C. Bryant>

  4. 3 chiefly dialectal :  to put up with :  tolerate < … couldn't bide children on his place … — J. W. Riley>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to continue in a state or condition <bide still a moment>

  7. 2 :  to wait awhile :  tarry

  8. 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>

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


First Known Use: before 12th century



BIDE Defined for Kids

bide

play
verb \ˈbīd\

Definition of bide for Students

bode

\ˈbōd\ or

bided

\ˈbī-dəd\

bided

biding

  1. :  to wait or wait for <bide a while>



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