Definition of abide in English:

abide

verb

  • 1abide byno object Accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation)

    ‘I said I would abide by their decision’
    • ‘The schoolboy was bailed to live where directed by social services and he must abide by any rules.’
    • ‘However, that invitation is made on the strict understanding that one abides by the rules of that club.’
    • ‘There was always the arguing, but in the end, the men had made a decision and all had abided by it.’
    • ‘Like true cricketers, we abided by the decision of the match referee.’
    • ‘Anyone not abiding by the rules risks getting a fine.’
    • ‘Still, he recommends abiding by the rules of a separation agreement, particularly if a financial payout is at stake.’
    • ‘The PA said that it had always abided by the decisions of the court.’
    • ‘I've always believed in abiding by Caucus decisions.’
    • ‘If a majority votes for the strike, they rightly expect the minority to abide by the decision.’
    • ‘If that is if that is a Government decision, we will always abide by the Government decision.’
    • ‘The serious collector of funny names accepts only those of real people, and abides by certain rules of the game, just as do those who fish for trout.’
    • ‘If they conclude that they are not, you are expected to abide by their decision and comply with their instructions.’
    • ‘He said he would abide by the decision of the ANC with regard to whether he was allowed to retire or not.’
    • ‘The sport of golf is a stickler for abiding by the rules.’
    • ‘I shall tot up the votes on Monday evening, and will abide by the majority decision.’
    • ‘Firms may be able to cooperate by agreeing to abide by the decisions of an external regulator who can be appointed by the firms.’
    • ‘It looks like the rebels and the government forces are abiding by the rules so far.’
    • ‘What could the Supreme Court do if these politicians refused to abide by its decisions?’
    • ‘But what sect or denomination today abides by that decision?’
    • ‘I've never been one for abiding by rules that don't interest me.’
    comply with, obey, observe, follow, keep to, hold to, conform to, adhere to, stick to, stand by, act in accordance with, uphold, heed, pay attention to, agree to, agree with, consent to, accede to, accept, acquiesce in, go along with, acknowledge, respect, defer to
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  • 2can/could not abideinformal with object Be unable to tolerate.

    ‘if there is one thing I cannot abide it is a lack of discipline’
    • ‘What they cannot abide is the suggestion that it was fought on a lie.’
    • ‘But then, when Jesus said that he must undergo suffering and death, Peter simply couldn't abide it.’
    • ‘Nothing satisfies these people, because now they cannot abide clarity in anyone but themselves.’
    • ‘I can't abide lies from people I love.’
    • ‘At the same time, he couldn't abide facile equations between criminal desperadoes and the legalized murder machinery of a state.’
    • ‘The man who had hoped to segue from comedy returned to the role he hated and the director he couldn't abide.’
    • ‘Her mother said that she couldn't abide Eliza's ‘negativity.’’
    • ‘Because they are miserable themselves, they cannot abide the happiness of others.’
    • ‘She left out the glacé cherries because she couldn't abide the sticky things, substituting dates, which she loved.’
    • ‘Since we'd done a fair amount of sinning together, her efforts came across to me as hypocrisy and I cannot abide a hypocrite.’
    • ‘But by nature, Kirstie couldn't abide things ‘hanging in the air’, as it were.’
    • ‘‘God cannot abide sin,’ he explains guilelessly to Read.’
    • ‘Just as nature abhors a vacuum, the city cannot abide a void.’
    • ‘And I cannot abide the two-party system, so I'll be voting Lib Dem.’
    • ‘As ever, his arrogance and ignorance grated on everyone who cannot abide him, and left those who adore him in raptures.’
    • ‘Yet we're sent on team-building conferences where the person we cannot abide appoints themselves as leader.’
    • ‘For years Papa operated with a plain desk, which he and Mother shared, but she couldn't stand his clutter and he couldn't abide having his clutter ‘straightened up.’’
    • ‘I have severe asthma and cannot abide the smoke on most cruise ships.’
    • ‘Charlie's a good man, yessir, who can't abide cheating at cards.’
    • ‘Every totalitarian regime makes war on religion precisely because it cannot abide any god besides itself.’
    tolerate, bear, stand, put up with, endure, suffer, accept, cope with, live with, brook, support, take, countenance, face, handle
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  • 3no object (of a feeling or memory) continue without fading or being lost.

    ‘at least one memory will abide’
    • ‘As a result of our tumultuousness, there abides in the American psyche an idea so powerful it ennobles us, and lifts us high above the problems which beset us.’
    • ‘The very medium of mutual understanding abides in a peculiar half-transcendence.’
    • ‘One memory abides of when, at a very tender age and against the tide, he took up Irish dancing.’
    • ‘Christianity can dispense with ‘cosmologies and systems’ as love abides and descends into mundane existence.’
    • ‘In the hills and valleys the memory of the echoes of the old anthem abides.’
    • ‘In the meantime, ‘homeland security’ anxieties abide in many American households.’
    • ‘Though the new chief would be ‘his man’, it is not clear how long such loyalties would abide.’
    • ‘For times when grief and loss abide within consciousness, a book like this can be sustaining because it is permission to be devastated within the promise of consolation.’
    • ‘Tell them that faith, hope and love, these abide, but the greatest of all is love.’
    • ‘He asseverated that faith empowers, faith abides, faith surmounts every obstacle.’
    • ‘How can faith and fear abide in the face of this avalanche of enlightenment, this flash-flood of knowledge and exposure to everything that once had been only Our secrets?’
    • ‘This interest abided with Jim all through his life.’
    • ‘This proves to be very difficult because underneath all of the anger and pain, love still abides.’
    • ‘There's no doubting the love that abides between her and her husband and kids.’
    • ‘For those of us privileged to have been in Walsh Park last Wednesday evening the memories of a marvellous occasion for Waterford football will abide.’
    • ‘But unless his reactionary vision begins to be actively countered, that is the impression that will abide.’
    • ‘As the dreams unfold, we may start to recognize specifics of place, but the sense of Central Park as a lost Arcadia abides.’
    • ‘True love abides and can make it through rough patches and conflict.’
    • ‘Still, let the memory abide of him chewing the ends of his moustache.’
    • ‘They will have to learn these things, and have opportunity to learn them, precisely because, by God's grace, ‘love abides.’’
    continue, remain, survive, last, persist, stay, hold on, live on
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    1. 3.1archaic Live; dwell.
      ‘many unskilful Men do abide in our City of London’
      • ‘The Elder says, ‘Those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them’.’
      • ‘A central tenet of Shintoism is the concept of kami, spirits that abide in and are worshipped at shrines, representing human beings and things found in nature.’
      • ‘Where does the consciousness abide before it takes rebirth or becomes liberated?’
      • ‘When harmony persists in the home, harmony abides in the community, and harmony exists in the country.’
      • ‘You did not read books through; you dwelt, abided between their lines and reopening them after an interval.’
      reside, live, have one's home, have one's residence, be settled, be housed, lodge, stay
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Origin

Old English ābīdan ‘wait’, from ā- ‘onwards’ + bīdan (see bide).

Pronunciation

abide

/əˈbʌɪd/