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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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 Museum of Ice Cream, which took up residence in Los Angeles for eight months in 2017 and now resides permanently in San Francisco, has been valued at $200 million by investors, according to the Wall Street Journal. Los Angeles Times, "Museum of Illusions’ Upside Down House: Immersive fun or stupid Instagram stunt?," 28 Aug. 2019 Originally from New Mexico, artist Miles Toland now resides in nearby Nevada City. Harriot Manley,, "9 must-see murals in downtown Sacramento," 22 Aug. 2019 Leavitt, a Peabody native who now resides in Woburn, is donating $1 from every book sold to the Be My Strength Foundation benefiting needy and orphaned students in Africa., "North Calendar: What’s happening this week," 8 Aug. 2019 Born in Western Germany, the influencer spent time in Shanghai for a few years before moving back to her home city, and now in her twenties, resides in Berlin. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "@Kickiyangz Is The Instagram Artist Is Turning Her Face Into Beautiful Works of Art," 2 Aug. 2019 Glenn, who lived in Copenhagen for 11 years, now resides in Bulgaria, his attorneys say. Washington Post, "Expert wins settlement in whistleblower case against Cisco," 31 July 2019 The couple now resides in Pittsburg, Pa. Hunt estimates the net proceeds from the evening will be between $15,000 and $20,000 based on previous galas. Ruth Sowby Rands,, "On the Town: Historical society marks 40th during annual gala," 2 July 2019 Bishop, who graduated from Willis in 1995 and now resides in Conroe, is just one of the former quarterback stars helping out with the Piney Woods Passing Academy this week at his alma mater. Jon Poorman, Houston Chronicle, "Former star quarterbacks assist with Passing Academy," 25 June 2019 Instead, Hintze reached out to Ryan Rollins, whose PDX Sliders chain started life as a cart at the same Sellwood-Moreland car wash where Jojo now resides. Michael Russell,, "Jojo is a food nerd’s dream of fried chicken and potatoes," 20 June 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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