Main definitions of abode in English

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abode1

noun

formal, literary
  • 1A place of residence; a house or home.

    humorous ‘my humble abode’
    • ‘He purchased his dilapidated old home, Rathloe House, with the intention to build a new abode on the site.’
    • ‘The lawmaking body passed a resolution requesting that the Executive Yuan locate an appropriate abode from state-owned houses for the vice president within a year.’
    • ‘That was the abode of the humble groundsman who tended the pitch where the then leading players of the country came for practice.’
    • ‘The 43-year-old, who has battled drink problems, gave his address as no fixed abode at his appearance at Manchester City Magistrates Court on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Consider their previous abode, another house Ron built, but in the style of a Scottish tower.’
    • ‘Using extensive footage from his native birthplace in India, the film travels to his college in Kolkata continuing to his current abode at the Master's Lodge in Cambridge.’
    • ‘Some homeowners have even traded down from more expensive abodes to less pricey dwellings.’
    • ‘They may not have the time or inclination to turn their abode into a show home, but they can afford to pay someone who does.’
    • ‘Stranded in a tiny village without amenities, he eagerly accepts an offer of shelter in a local abode.’
    • ‘Yet it still seems like a better option than her current abode.’
    • ‘The humble abode which Nelson Mandela occupied when he first came to Joburg during the early 1940s is to be transformed into a heritage attraction site.’
    • ‘It felt like a five-star hotel in comparison to my current abode.’
    • ‘In between the luxurious modern houses are two curious abodes.’
    • ‘The excuse we have been given is that most fine defaulters have no fixed abode, keep moving addresses, and cannot be found.’
    • ‘South Mountain was a name for nearby Mt. Lu, a landmark site in northern Jiangxi Province known as an abode of hermits, religious communities, and spirit beings.’
    • ‘Their house was more like a small castle than a humble abode.’
    • ‘The pictures of our abode, the Eco House, could have come from a glossy interiors mag or a coffee table tome, even though I say so myself.’
    • ‘The sanity of people who pay from £150,000 to £200,000 for very humble abodes is something that would have to be questioned.’
    • ‘These are the people living in bed and breakfasts, sofa surfing with friends and moving from house to house with no fixed abode.’
    • ‘Recently divorced, Foster is now house-hunting with her teenage daughter and appears to be seeking a hotel rather than a humble abode.’
    home, house, place of habitation, place of residence, accommodation, habitat, base, seat
    quarters, lodgings, rooms
    address, location, place, whereabouts
    pad, digs, diggings
    dwelling, dwelling place, residence, habitation
    without a roof over one's head, on the streets, vagrant, sleeping rough, living rough
    destitute, down and out, derelict, itinerant
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Residence.
      ‘their right of abode in Britain’
      • ‘In the time since he had left his native Ballyredmond and taken up his abode in Rathvilly he had spent a period of time in Courtown, Co. Wexford.’
      • ‘He writes of Eudoxus as a student in Athens: - … so poor was he that he took up his abode at the Piraeus and trudged to Athens and back on foot each day.’
      • ‘According to the police, there were about 500 people in attendance in total, of which 210 people were citizens who were demonstrating for the right to abode.’
      • ‘Did I mention I'll probably be using this item as my main place of abode by the end of this month?’
      • ‘It is as if the things of beauty, which are now in other places, have only taken up their abode there for a time, while their true home is in Rome.’
      • ‘Our staff had to assign a period of abode according to standard procedures.’
      • ‘She then tightly attaches to one's wrist a plastic bangle of the sort that it is put on to the wrists of the inmates of mentally challenged places of abode.’
      • ‘It's the same in all cities you travel to for the first time. You find a landmark nearest to your place of abode so you can get your bearings when you need to return to the area.’
      • ‘The independent senator said a lot of the crime in the society was being committed by people of no fixed place of abode.’
      • ‘Although the couple are lawfully resident in Switzerland, they do not have a permanent right of abode.’
      • ‘What function do borders have in a global democracy, and what entitles people to a right of abode?’
      • ‘Another group of about 1,000 protesters said they were fighting for the right of abode for their mainland relatives.’
      • ‘Man then began to cultivate the fields, and to have a fixed place of abode other than a cave.’
      • ‘This points to a worldly, finite, lived morality - to an ethos in its sense of abode and dwelling place - and away from the abstract and systematic utilitarianism so common in Australia.’
    2. 1.2archaic A stay; a sojourn.
      • ‘He waxeth Wrath at your Abode here.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘act of waiting’): verbal noun from abide.

Pronunciation:

abode

/əˈbəʊd/

Main definitions of abode in English

: abode1abode2

abode2

verb

Pronunciation:

abode

/əˈbəʊd/