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 Initially, there will be one group made up of students who reside in South Euclid and who attend either the seventh or eighth grade at Memorial Junior High School. cleveland, "Hillcrest YMCA, in partnership with South Euclid and SE-L Schools, to offer in-person learning group for middle schoolers," 10 Dec. 2020 Less than 1% of Americans reside in long-term care facilities — a category that includes nursing homes and assisted living residences — but these facilities account for around 40% of the country’s COVID-19 deaths. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "“We Don’t Even Know Who Is Dead or Alive”: Trapped Inside an Assisted Living Facility During the Pandemic," 30 Nov. 2020 Abby and Chris can afford to live anywhere but choose to reside in the affluent town of Milton in the colonial house that her great-great-grandfather built and where her grandmother and dad grew up. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Fidelity’s Abby Johnson is rich, powerful — and largely unknown," 13 Dec. 2020 The new Rogue Sport will likely continue to reside on the larger end of the subcompact SUV segment, fitting in above the entry-level Kicks and below the compact Rogue. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2022 Nissan Rogue Sport Previewed by Global Qashqai SUV," 10 Dec. 2020 The parameters are the same as for DKT's fund, which requires recipients to reside within Detroit borders. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Fundraisers launched for struggling metro Detroit restaurant workers," 10 Dec. 2020 These pages, which eventually came to reside in the Cambridge University Library collections, represent some of Darwin’s first inklings about the radical idea that all species—including humans—arise and develop through natural selection. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Two Darwin Notebooks Quietly Went Missing 20 Years Ago. Were They Stolen?," 25 Nov. 2020 Africa’s population is also growing faster than that of any other continent, meaning that by 2030 more than half of the world’s hungry are expected to reside there. Linda Nordling, Scientific American, "Pandemic of Hunger," 25 Nov. 2020 In real life, Fagan served three months at the Park Lane Mental Hospital and now continues to reside in London. Martha Sorren,, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From The Crown Season 4," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Reside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 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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