bide

verb
\ ˈbīd How to pronounce bide (audio) \
bode\ ˈbōd How to pronounce bode (audio) \ or bided; bided; biding

Definition of bide

transitive verb

1 past tense usually bided : to wait for used chiefly in the phrase bide one's timeis 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

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Other Words from bide

bider noun

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 on the Web Only the Dodgers have scored more runs than the Padres, who managed to bide time until their slugger truly arrived. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Return of Machado’s bat makes high-scoring Padres even more dangerous," 23 Aug. 2020 Haskell has a cannon for an arm and the legs to bide him time on the field to make plays with his receivers. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "QB Will Haskell, WR Elijah Sanders have Ironwood football ready for takeoff," 22 Aug. 2020 McConnell has sent the Senate home rather than forcing impatient senators to bide their time while Democrats play hardball. Andrew Taylor, Anchorage Daily News, "Last-ditch congressional talks on pandemic aid package collapse," 7 Aug. 2020 McConnell is sending the Senate home rather than forcing impatient senators to bide their time while Democrats play hardball. Arkansas Online, "Virus aid talks on brink of collapse; sides 'very far apart'," 7 Aug. 2020 McConnell is sending the Senate home rather than forcing impatient senators to bide their time while Democrats play hardball. Andrew Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "Second stimulus check updates: Sides ‘still very far apart’ as coronavirus relief talks in danger of collapse," 7 Aug. 2020 The Kentucky Republican is sending the Senate home rather than forcing impatient senators to bide their time while Democrats play hardball. Andrew Taylor, courant.com, "Second stimulus check updates: Negotiators trade public broadsides on stalled coronavirus relief package, likely to miss agreement deadline," 6 Aug. 2020 Larson started 14th on Wednesday night at Gas City Speedway before winning and just needed to bide his time before moving up. Christopher Deharde, The Indianapolis Star, "Kyle Larson extends dirt track winning streak to eight races at Lincoln Park on Thursday," 19 June 2020 China will take note, bide its time and steadily press its territorial claims against its neighbours. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a blow to America’s credibility," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bide

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 faith entry 1

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.

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28 Aug 2020

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“Bide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bide. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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bide

verb
\ ˈbīd How to pronounce bide (audio) \
bode\ ˈbōd \ or bided\ ˈbī-​dəd \; bided; biding

Kids Definition of bide

: to wait or wait for bide a while

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