\ 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 Alternatively, though less likely, the justices could bide their time before deciding whether to take on these explosive matters. The Economist, "How will the Supreme Court rule in the fight over Donald Trump’s taxes?," 18 Nov. 2019 Accept your limitations with good grace and bide your time, because this is a better time to gather experience rather than to begin anything new. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 13, 2019: Taurus, be a shoulder to cry on; Pisces, treat your body like a temple," 13 Oct. 2019 Although Solskjaer does want reinforcements in his squad, the Evening Standard claims that the Norwegian is going to bide his time in an attempt to land long-term target Sancho next summer, rather than opt for a quick fix during the January window., "Man Utd Staying Patient in Jadon Sancho Pursuit & Prepared to Renew Interest in Summer 2020," 29 Aug. 2019 One game has a tendency to bleed into the next as the best teams bide their time before the playoffs. Rob Mahoney,, "Breaking Down the Top 20 Games of the 2019-20 NBA Season," 12 Aug. 2019 But unlike other teams that prefer to bide time and hoard draft picks, the Heat prefer to play it out to a roster’s maximum capability. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Is One Last Dance 2.0 on the way?," 10 Aug. 2019 The Spaniard had endured a frustrating spell away from the pitch due to Atletico's transfer ban and had to bide his time until the first of January., "Atletico Madrid Veteran Fernando Torres Cuts Dejected Figure on Bench as Diego Costa Nets on Return," 5 Jan. 2018 The recent waits have not reached levels seen in 2016, when thousands of Haitians overwhelmed border inspectors in San Diego and had to bide their time for up to five weeks. The Christian Science Monitor, "Asylum-seekers line up at US-Mexico border," 8 June 2018 But this was likely Atlanta's play all along, for Acuna to bide his time in the minors (no matter his numbers) until he could be added to the major league roster with an extra season (2024) of organizational control. Connor Grossman,, "Report: Braves Call Up Top Prospect Ronald Acuna," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of bide was before the 12th century

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25 Nov 2019

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“Bide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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\ 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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