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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The animals that still resided at Sea-Arama were sent to other similar parks around the country. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Sea-Arama in Galveston was an island attraction for decades," 11 July 2018 It is named in memory of two pigs, Mortimer and Mauve, who resided at the WhistlePig distillery in Vermont. Sonia Rao,, "Summer cocktail recipes to expand your happy hour horizons," 29 June 2018 That’s almost as many as would be residing at or near the end of the bench. David Murphy,, "A few final Sixers thoughts before NBA draft night | David Murphy," 21 June 2018 Lucky previously resided at a local Grand Manan seafood restaurant, enjoying a solo tank and amnesty from the menu, according to the CBC. Eli Meixler, Time, "A 'One-in-100 Million' Cotton Candy-Colored Lobster Was Found Near Maine," 14 June 2018 Among them is Alfonso Castillo, who now resides at a shelter located in the city of Escuintla. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Death toll from destructive Guatemala volcano jumps to 99, with almost 200 still missing," 6 June 2018 Until moving downtown in the early ‘80s, the team resided at Capital Centre in Landover, Md., a 17,962-seat arena that boasted a full-color video board capable of showing instant replay. Alex Prewitt,, "Original Capitals Owner Irene Pollin Enjoying Team's Run in Stanley Cup Final," 6 June 2018 Among them, the paper wrote, were three women residing at 417 Royal St., the building that is now Brennan's. Hanna Krueger,, "See which Starbucks stores are closing Tuesday afternoon for bias training," 28 May 2018 Last fiscal year about 115,000 different men, women and children resided at some point in a city shelter, where the average stay is longer than a year. Nina Agrawal,, "New York is ripping up the playbook on how it shelters the homeless," 25 May 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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