Definition of bide
bodeplay \ˈbōd\ or
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
Examples of bide in a Sentence
how long are you going to bide in this unhappy marriage?
at my advanced age I simply cannot bide young children
Recent Examples of bide from the Web
Wright, who was in the Los Angeles Galaxy youth system for three years from age 14 before trying his hand overseas, has had to bide his time.
But tragedy can bide its time — and often does in inherently risky ventures — and struck Columbia again on Feb. 1, 2003.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
BIDE Defined for Kids
Definition of bide for Students
: to wait or wait for bide a while
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