Abide



to remain; continue; stay:
Abide with me.
to have one’s abode; dwell; reside:
to abide in a small Scottish village.
to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.
to put up with; tolerate; stand:
I can’t abide dishonesty!
to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting:
to abide a vigorous onslaught.
to wait for; await:
to abide the coming of the Lord.
to accept without opposition or question:
to abide the verdict of the judges.
to pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.
abide by,

to act in accord with.
to submit to; agree to:
to abide by the court’s decision.
to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep:
If you make a promise, abide by it.

Contemporary Examples

Some value a big house and yard, while others cannot abide a city without a decent opera or good Thai food.
Hot U.S. Cities That Offer Both Jobs and Culture Are Mostly Southern and Modest Sized Joel Kotkin, Wendell Cox July 29, 2013

As to the permanent solution, try to avoid a short time schedule by which the sides will not be able to abide.
Do It Yourself, Senator Kerry Yossi Beilin January 16, 2013

Putin cannot abide the implicit challenge that Khodorkovsky at liberty would represent.
The End to Russian Democracy David Satter December 30, 2010

As long as they abide by their own internal rules of governance, the secular society imposes no meddling restrictions.
A Victory for ‘Religious Freedom’ is a Loss for Religion Gene Robinson June 7, 2014

Kakar choose to talk about why the Indian mind is happy to abide by contradictions.
Italy Meets India Over Books Francesca Mari June 23, 2010

Historical Examples

“I never could abide the looks of him,” said Samantha, peering over Miss Vilda’s shoulder.
Timothy’s Quest Kate Douglas Wiggin

The officers then could not abide him, though some were submissive to him because of his father’s position.
In the Valley Harold Frederic

It is simply to proceed as we have begun, and to abide by our declared principles.
Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 7 (of 20) Charles Sumner

Though the desert were arid on this side, it was her desert, and there in her tent must she abide.
Tiverton Tales Alice Brown

But we’ve told you that we’re willing to abide by what the experts say.
Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace

verb abides, abiding, abode, abided
(transitive) to tolerate; put up with
(transitive) to accept or submit to; suffer: to abide the court’s decision
(intransitive) foll by by

to comply (with): to abide by the decision
to remain faithful (to): to abide by your promise

(intransitive) to remain or continue
(intransitive) (archaic) to dwell
(transitive) (archaic) to await in expectation
(transitive) (archaic) to withstand or sustain; endure: to abide the onslaught
v.

Old English abidan, gebidan “remain, wait, delay, remain behind,” from ge- completive prefix (denoting onward motion; see a- (1)) + bidan “bide, remain, wait, dwell” (see bide). Originally intransitive (with genitive of the object: we abidon his “we waited for him”); transitive sense emerged in Middle English. Meaning “to put up with” (now usually negative) first recorded 1520s. Related: Abided; abiding. The historical conjugation is abide, abode, abidden, but the modern formation is now generally weak.
In addition to the idioms beginning with abide abide by also see: can’t stand (abide)

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