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 home-improvement titan has fallen a long way since the days the Sears catalog lived on American coffee tables—and some of those coffee tables resided in houses built from Sears kits. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "After 126 Years, This Looks Like the End for Sears [Update: Maybe Not!]," 8 Jan. 2019 Because flash cookies do not reside in your browser, and thus your browser settings will not affect them. The Editors, Outside Online, "About Our Ads," 10 July 2018 Twenty young mice and just as many 0lder ones will reside in the ISS for 30- to 40-day or 60-day durations. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Mice Delayed Today's SpaceX Launch," 5 Dec. 2018 Even if gene editing were used, it could be used on the blood stem cells that reside in the bone marrow, rather than on an embryo. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists, ethicists slam decisions behind gene-edited twins," 30 Nov. 2018 Alan is a creator who has not only lent his name to his singular territories but also resides in them. Alejandro Jodorowsky, ELLE Decor, "A Conversation Between Hotelier Alan Faena and Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky," 14 Nov. 2018 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

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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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