Definition of abide in US English:



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

    ‘I said I would abide by their decision’
    • ‘What could the Supreme Court do if these politicians refused to abide by its decisions?’
    • ‘The PA said that it had always abided by the decisions of the court.’
    • ‘Firms may be able to cooperate by agreeing to abide by the decisions of an external regulator who can be appointed by the firms.’
    • ‘If a majority votes for the strike, they rightly expect the minority to abide by the decision.’
    • ‘He said he would abide by the decision of the ANC with regard to whether he was allowed to retire or not.’
    • ‘There was always the arguing, but in the end, the men had made a decision and all had abided by it.’
    • ‘It looks like the rebels and the government forces are abiding by the rules so far.’
    • ‘I've never been one for abiding by rules that don't interest me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If that is if that is a Government decision, we will always abide by the Government decision.’
    • ‘If they conclude that they are not, you are expected to abide by their decision and comply with their instructions.’
    • ‘The sport of golf is a stickler for abiding by the rules.’
    • ‘But what sect or denomination today abides by that decision?’
    • ‘I've always believed in abiding by Caucus decisions.’
    • ‘However, that invitation is made on the strict understanding that one abides by the rules of that club.’
    • ‘The schoolboy was bailed to live where directed by social services and he must abide by any rules.’
    • ‘I shall tot up the votes on Monday evening, and will abide by the majority decision.’
    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 (someone or something)

    ‘if there is one thing I cannot abide it is a lack of discipline’
    • ‘And I cannot abide the two-party system, so I'll be voting Lib Dem.’
    • ‘I have severe asthma and cannot abide the smoke on most cruise ships.’
    • ‘Every totalitarian regime makes war on religion precisely because it cannot abide any god besides itself.’
    • ‘She left out the glacé cherries because she couldn't abide the sticky things, substituting dates, which she loved.’
    • ‘‘God cannot abide sin,’ he explains guilelessly to Read.’
    • ‘Yet we're sent on team-building conferences where the person we cannot abide appoints themselves as leader.’
    • ‘I can't abide lies from people I love.’
    • ‘Since we'd done a fair amount of sinning together, her efforts came across to me as hypocrisy and I cannot abide a hypocrite.’
    • ‘What they cannot abide is the suggestion that it was fought on a lie.’
    • ‘But by nature, Kirstie couldn't abide things ‘hanging in the air’, as it were.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Because they are miserable themselves, they cannot abide the happiness of others.’
    • ‘But then, when Jesus said that he must undergo suffering and death, Peter simply couldn't abide it.’
    • ‘Charlie's a good man, yessir, who can't abide cheating at cards.’
    • ‘Her mother said that she couldn't abide Eliza's ‘negativity.’’
    • ‘At the same time, he couldn't abide facile equations between criminal desperadoes and the legalized murder machinery of a state.’
    • ‘Nothing satisfies these people, because now they cannot abide clarity in anyone but themselves.’
    • ‘Just as nature abhors a vacuum, the city cannot abide a void.’
    • ‘The man who had hoped to segue from comedy returned to the role he hated and the director he couldn't abide.’
    • ‘As ever, his arrogance and ignorance grated on everyone who cannot abide him, and left those who adore him in raptures.’
    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.

    • ‘This proves to be very difficult because underneath all of the anger and pain, love still abides.’
    • ‘As the dreams unfold, we may start to recognize specifics of place, but the sense of Central Park as a lost Arcadia abides.’
    • ‘Tell them that faith, hope and love, these abide, but the greatest of all is love.’
    • ‘One memory abides of when, at a very tender age and against the tide, he took up Irish dancing.’
    • ‘The very medium of mutual understanding abides in a peculiar half-transcendence.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Though the new chief would be ‘his man’, it is not clear how long such loyalties would abide.’
    • ‘Still, let the memory abide of him chewing the ends of his moustache.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Christianity can dispense with ‘cosmologies and systems’ as love abides and descends into mundane existence.’
    • ‘There's no doubting the love that abides between her and her husband and kids.’
    • ‘He asseverated that faith empowers, faith abides, faith surmounts every obstacle.’
    • ‘This interest abided with Jim all through his life.’
    • ‘But unless his reactionary vision begins to be actively countered, that is the impression that will abide.’
    • ‘They will have to learn these things, and have opportunity to learn them, precisely because, by God's grace, ‘love abides.’’
    • ‘In the meantime, ‘homeland security’ anxieties abide in many American households.’
    • ‘In the hills and valleys the memory of the echoes of the old anthem abides.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘True love abides and can make it through rough patches and conflict.’
    • ‘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.’
    continue, remain, survive, last, persist, stay, hold on, live on
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    1. 3.1archaic Live; dwell.
      • ‘Where does the consciousness abide before it takes rebirth or becomes liberated?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Elder says, ‘Those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them’.’
      • ‘You did not read books through; you dwelt, abided between their lines and reopening them after an interval.’
      • ‘When harmony persists in the home, harmony abides in the community, and harmony exists in the country.’
      reside, live, have one's home, have one's residence, be settled, be housed, lodge, stay
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Old English ābīdan ‘wait’, from ā- ‘onwards’ + bīdan (see bide).