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

Other Words from reside

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Most live in the northern and central forests, but some also reside in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin and other areas. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 21 June 2022 The men, most of whom were in their early 20s and who reside in states as far as Michigan and Arkansas, appeared prepared for arrest, White said. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 12 June 2022 Both natives of Ireland, the couple lived in London for years, but now reside in Dublin with their teenage sons — far away from the glamour of Hollywood. Julie Tremaine,, 9 June 2022 Abroad, clusters of former officials and lawmakers reside in major European cities, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, the records and interviews show. Jessica Donati, WSJ, 13 June 2022 All reside in Maryland, except for his sister, Joann Brazier, who lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 10 June 2022 About 60 animals of 30 different species reside at the free-admission zoo, which opened in 1926, according to Mike Hardy, Baraboo's parks, recreation and forestry director. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2022 These parts reside in each of us to varying degrees. Chris Herndon, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Indigenous people does not reside within any economic system or method of monetary exchange. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 See More

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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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29 Jun 2022

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“Reside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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