re·​side | \ ri-ˈzīd How to pronounce reside (audio) \
resided; residing

Definition of reside

intransitive verb

1a : to be in residence as the incumbent of a benefice or office
b : to dwell permanently or continuously : occupy a place as one's legal domicile
2a : to be present as an element or quality
b : to be vested as a right

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resider noun

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Examples of reside in a Sentence

He resides in St. Louis. He still resides at his parents' house. Meaning resides within the text of the poem. The importance of this decision resides in the fact that it relates to people across the country.
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Recent Examples on the Web Large Orthodox Jewish communities reside in most of the hot spots. Paul Berger And Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Should Have Done More Outreach in Covid-19 Hot Spots Before Surges, Community Leaders Say," 8 Oct. 2020 If so, would people’s views of the Berlin Wall still reside in their mental maps? Jessica Wapner, Popular Science, "How border walls trick the human brain and psyche," 2 Oct. 2020 But her parents, Alex and Janice, still reside in Naperville, where their dented garage door stands in testimony to the fierce determination that fueled Lumpkin Robinson’s unparalleled success in high school tennis and then a pro career. Matt Le Cren,, "Where are they now: Elizabeth Lumpkin Robinson won four state titles in girls tennis for Naperville Central. And that was only the beginning.," 2 Oct. 2020 Today, at least 80 mute swans reside on the densely populated lake, raising concerns about safety. NBC News, "Lakeland, Florida, is selling some of its 'iconic' swans amid rising costs and safety concerns," 1 Oct. 2020 The hero will reside in present-day San Francisco, making new friends, meeting a potential new love-interest and bumping heads with old flames who are very much lethal. Washington Post, "Shang-Chi’s return to Marvel Comics makes him the center of his own story," 30 Sep. 2020 In Hanle, the only nearby humans reside in a few hamlets and in the storied Hanle Gompa, a seventeenth-century Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Raghu Karnad, The New Yorker, "The Clear Night Sky Over India and China’s Hostile Border," 19 Sep. 2020 Today many live and work in urban areas, but others reside in remote parts of the Amazon that have few doctors, let alone the capacity to do complex molecular testing or treatment for the virus. Rodrigo Abd, Star Tribune, "Peru's Indigenous turn to ancestral remedies to fight virus," 10 Sep. 2020 The mathematics of virology reside on a logarithmic scale. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "How long does it take to find out if you’ve been exposed to coronavirus?," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of reside

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reside

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French resider, from Latin residēre to sit back, remain, abide, from re- + sedēre to sit — more at sit

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The first known use of reside was in the 15th century

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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reside

: to live in a particular place
: to exist or be present


re·​side | \ ri-ˈzīd How to pronounce reside (audio) \
resided; residing

Kids Definition of reside

1 : to live permanently and continuously : dwell
2 : to have its place : exist The choice resides in the voters.

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