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 His brothers coach travel baseball in Ocala, where his parents and siblings now reside, and Eric is the baseball coach at West Port High School. Stephen Ruiz,, "Nationals manager Dave Martinez’s family thrilled to see Lake Howell grad lead Washington to World Series," 21 Oct. 2019 But for the most part, visitors began MoMA’s new era creating their own mental maps, figuring out where their favorite pieces now resided, and taking note of the other artworks that the museum’s curators had positioned around them. New York Times, "Which Way to ‘Starry Night’? A Reimagined MoMA Opens to the Public," 20 Oct. 2019 The debate, in any case, was concentrated in the Democratic Caucus in the House, where power over impeachment resided. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Impeachment Consensus Makes the Democratic-Debate Stage," 16 Oct. 2019 Heartlake City is the land where LEGO characters Emma, Olivia, Stephanie, Andrea and Mia reside, and will feature an outdoor stage and a balloon ride to Pinefall Woods. Madison Roberts,, "Legoland New York Will Officially Open On July 4, 2020 — See Inside Their Biggest Park Ever!," 3 Oct. 2019 Then there’s Milpitas, just north of San Jose in the bustling heart of Silicon Valley, where a family of bald eagles resides in a redwood tree at an elementary school. Los Angeles Times, "Bald eagles have found themselves a new home: Suburbia," 19 Sep. 2019 The restaurant’s name refers to a district in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, where the city’s Armenian population traditionally has resided. Glendale News-Press, "Review: Glendale’s Havlabar serves up cheesy khachapuri and Georgian soup dumplings," 5 Sep. 2019 In fact, these voids are where the majority of cosmic matter resides. Scientific American, "Nanomachines, Jellyfish Hugs and Hurricane Dorian From Space: The Week's Best Science GIFs," 30 Aug. 2019 Over the years, visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., where Julia Child’s kitchen now resides as a popular exhibit have inquired about the exact names of the blue and green hues of the cabinetry. Paula Johnson, Smithsonian, "Remembering Julia Child," 13 Aug. 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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22 Nov 2019

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“Reside.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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