- permanent; enduring: an abiding belief
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- continuing without change:an abiding faith in people.
- continuing without change;
steadfast:an abiding faith.
- 1250–1300; Middle English; see abide, -ing2
- unending, unchanging, unshakable.
- [no object] to remain;
stay: Abide with me.
- [no object] to dwell;
have one's abode.
- [~ + object; often with a negative word or phrase] to tolerate;
can't abide dishonesty.
- abide by, [ ~ + by + obj]
- to comply with;
agree to go along with: to abide by the court's decision.
- to remain faithful to;
keep: to abide by a promise.
- to comply with;
- to remain;
stay:Abide with me.
- to have one's abode;
reside:to abide in a small Scottish village.
- to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.;
- to put up with;
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;
- 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.
- bef. 1000; Middle English abiden, Old English ābīdan; cognate with Old High German irbītan await, Gothic usbeisns expectation, patience. See a-3, bide
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tarry.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged live.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged persevere, endure.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bear, endure, brook;
- (transitive) to tolerate; put up with
- (transitive) to accept or submit to; suffer: to abide the court's decision
- (intransitive) followed 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