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.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s not an indictment of anything other than people who reside in Ohio like to drink. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 3 Aug. 2022 The Murnanian first-person narrator is not identical to Gerald Murnane, and the people who reside in the narrator’s thoughts are not exactly characters—or not of the kind that authors cram full of inner lives in their pursuit of lifelikeness. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 Since then, a judge has granted Wilde’s request to dismiss Sudeikis’ petition, which asked for Otis and Daisy to eventually reside with him in New York. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 25 Aug. 2022 Does employee loyalty reside with the business or with you personally? Rich Gunn, Forbes, 1 June 2022 That's the world in which the Browns now reside since the March 18 trade with Houston to bring Watson to Cleveland. Chris Easterling, USA TODAY, 15 Aug. 2022 Most require that offenders may only reside certain distances from places where children might congregate, such as parks and schools, or say only offenders who were residents at the time of their convictions may qualify. Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel, 12 Aug. 2022 The Diocese of Providence announced Thursday that Santilli was placed on administrative leave and will not exercise public ministry or reside on church property pending the outcome of an investigation., 11 Aug. 2022 Supportive modalities function at only manager and staff levels, which is where they are anchored, reside and belong. Jay Steven Levin, Forbes, 8 Aug. 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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21 Sep 2022

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“Reside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 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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