re·side | \ri-ˈzīd \
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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Other Words from reside

resider noun

Synonyms for reside


abide, dwell, live

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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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Sun, who resides in New York City but still considers Shanghai home, has had the unique experience of being the first Chinese woman to appear on the covers of American, Italian, and Japanese Vogue — and the significance is not lost on her. Sølve Sundsbø, Allure, "Modern Muses: Three Models Reflect on Asian Representation in Beauty for Our First-Ever Hair Guide," 15 May 2018 Dutton, who resides in Western Springs, also learned a lot from Bryant. Steve Reaven,, "From cornerback to quarterback, JJ Dutton ready to lead Lyons," 9 July 2018 Edward Meckbach, 79, who at one time resided on Springlawn Avenue in Cincinnati, died on July 3, 2017. Sarah Brookbank,, "Coroner searching for family and friends of unclaimed deceased," 9 July 2018 There’s also a whacked-out running joke about a baby who resides in the Once-ler’s desk drawer, and is brought out at one point only to precipitate a small incident. James Hebert,, "At Old Globe, 'The Lorax' brings Dr. Seuss' environmental saga to vivid life," 8 July 2018 According to evidence presented in the Tennessee case, 93.4 percent of workers who reside in the state drive to work. New York Times, "Being Poor Can Mean Losing a Driver’s License. Not Anymore in Tennessee.," 4 July 2018 Circuit judges are required to stand for election after they are appointed by the governor and may be challenged by any attorney in good standing who resides in the county. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Adkins-Tobin gets on November ballot to oppose sitting judges," 28 June 2018 Cedella Roman, who lives in France, had been visiting Canada last month in order to spend time with her mother who resides just outside of White Rock, British Columbia. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A 19-Year-Old Jogger Was Detained for 2 Weeks After Accidentally Crossing the U.S./Canada Border," 23 June 2018 Mexican officials are pushing for the girl to be released to her father, who legally resides in Texas. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "Ex-Trump aide Corey Lewandowski reacts to story of immigrant girl with Down syndrome: 'Womp womp'," 20 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of reside

: to live in a particular place

: to exist or be present


re·side | \ri-ˈzīd \
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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