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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It was recently revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen not to reside in Kensington Palace in the long term, and instead will be moving to Frogmore Cottage, where Wallace Simpson is famously buried. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate and Pippa Middleton's London Bachelorette Apartment Is for Sale for $2.5 Million," 10 Dec. 2018 Though their everyday digs are changing, Harry and Meghan’s office will remain at Kensington Palace, where Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their children continue to reside. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Move Out of Kensington Palace in 2019," 24 Nov. 2018 Where those other headphones create a little chamber for your ear to reside in and breathe, Audio-Technica’s M50s make contact with the entire ear. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats," 12 Nov. 2018 To a lesser extent, Nicaraguans hoping to escape poverty migrate to the U.S. Thousands were granted Temporary Protected Status in 1999 to reside in the U.S. after Hurricane Mitch devastated much of Central America. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "In Nicaragua, political violence spurs migration," 25 Oct. 2018 This happens to everyone that has to reside in a foreign country for an extended period of time. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Meghan Markle appears to adopt British accent in new video," 2 Oct. 2018 Elected officials are also required to reside in their jurisdiction, which ensures that the chief is not commuting from a suburb to police city neighborhoods, said Rainey. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Common Council and mayor clash over proposal to make Milwaukee police chief elected position," 3 July 2018 Following police activity late Thursday around a Laurel apartment complex where the suspect is believed to have resided, officers by 2 a.m. could be seen clearing the scene. Washington Post, "Suspect in Maryland newspaper to appear on 5 murder charges," 29 June 2018 Following police activity late Thursday around a Laurel apartment complex where the suspect is believed to have resided, officers by 2 a.m. could be seen clearing the scene. Denise Lavoie, Houston Chronicle, "Shooting suspect had bitter history with Maryland newspaper," 29 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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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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