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1 to continue to be in a place for a significant amount of time
  • refused to abide where it was clear that he wasn't wanted

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2 to have a home
  • the charming fantasy that fairies abide in the cup-shaped flowers dotting the woodland floor

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3 to put up with (something painful or difficult)
  • cannot abide being in huge crowds

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4 to remain indefinitely in existence or in the same state
  • the village's once-honored ways no longer abide and now exist only in the memories of a few elders

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bear, suffer, endure, abide, tolerate, stand mean to put up with something trying or painful. bear usually implies the power to sustain without flinching or breaking. forced to bear a tragic loss suffer often suggests acceptance or passivity rather than courage or patience in bearing. suffering many insults endure implies continuing firm or resolute through trials and difficulties. endured years of rejection abide suggests acceptance without resistance or protest. cannot abide their rudeness tolerate suggests overcoming or successfully controlling an impulse to resist, avoid, or resent something injurious or distasteful. refused to tolerate such treatment stand emphasizes even more strongly the ability to bear without discomposure or flinching. unable to stand teasing

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The first known use of abide was before the 12th century

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“Abide.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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