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 Nearly 2 million Hispanics now reside in the state, ABC News reported. Ashlee Banks, Essence, 1 Oct. 2021 The couple, who now reside in Atlanta, met while in the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Ghani and dozens of his aides fled first to Uzbekistan, and now reside in the UAE. Margaret Brennan, CBS News, 1 Oct. 2021 Five other dresses worn by Garland during filming now reside in private hands, says Lintelman. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2021 The growth generated through the pandemic equates to one billionaire being made every 17 hours, 100 of which now reside in Beijing helping the city to overtake New York as the billionaire capital. Paul Westall, Forbes, 25 May 2021 The Lakers now reside in fifth place in the Western Conference, just one game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks and two ahead of the seventh-place Portland Trail Blazers. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Of course, June's struggle in Gilead is presented in contrast to the wintry land of peace in Canada, where a majority of the series' main characters now reside. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2021 Once considered queens of the sky, these mighty jets now reside in aircraft graveyards. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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15 Oct 2021

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“Reside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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