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 That's not so odd on its own, as astronomers believe supermassive black holes reside at the center of nearly every galaxy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "That Big Black Hole of Ours Sure Is Getting Hungry," 13 Sep. 2019 Every road trip will be roughly two hours one way, as the rest of the Mississippi Valley teams reside in the La Crosse area. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "High school football: River Falls beats Hudson for first time since 2008, and the rivalry lives on from here," 6 Sep. 2019 While ideas such as packing or remaking the Supreme Court still reside well outside the political mainstream, ending the practice of gerrymandering has been a project of broad public interest for some time. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Grassroots Battle to Save Democracy," 5 Sep. 2019 Prince William may still be on vacation, currently residing in Scotland's Balmoral Castle with Queen Elizabeth—but that didn't stop him from participating in a key royal tradition. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Sends Thank-You Notes to Fans Who Wished Him a Happy Birthday," 26 Aug. 2019 Packer does not refer to a single instance during Holbrooke’s long career in which the man took a position that might exclude him from the inner circles of power, whether that power resided in Washington or on Wall Street. David Rieff, Harper's magazine, "An American in the Treetops," 19 Aug. 2019 As long as Trump resides in the White House, the media can never concede that any condition other than a state of emergency obtains in the United States of America. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Trump Can Do No Right," 8 Aug. 2019 There are an estimated 3 million Shiite Muslims in Nigeria, mostly residing in states in the north. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Nigeria's Shiite leader granted medical leave pending trial," 5 Aug. 2019 Ivonne lives in Texas, while her sister Adriana still resides in Colombia. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Latina artists in Dallas showcase 'were told ‘no,’ and they triumphed anyway’," 25 July 2019

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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 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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