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1 dwell; "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young" [syn: bide, stay]
2 put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage" [syn: digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, suffer, put up] [also: abode]

User Contributed Dictionary



From ābīdan. From a- (intensive) + bīdan to wait. See to bide.


  • UK: /əˈbaɪd/
  • a US /əˈbɑjd/
  • Rhymes: -aɪd


  1. In the context of "intransitive|obsolete": To wait; to pause; to delay.
  2. To stay; to continue in a place; to have one's abode; to dwell; to sojourn; -- with with before a person, and commonly with at or in before a place.
    • Let the damsel abide with us a few days - Genesis 24:55
  3. To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain.
    • Let every man abide in the same calling - 1 Corinthians 7:20
  4. In the context of "transitive|obsolete with a personal object": To wait for; to be prepared for; to await; to watch for; as, I abide my time.
    • I will abide the coming of my lord - Tennyson
    • Bonds and afflictions abide me - Acts 20:23
  5. To endure; to sustain; to submit to.
    • [Thou] shalt abide her judgment on it - Tennyson
  6. To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with.
    • She could not abide Master Shallow - Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 2, III-ii
  7. In the context of "transitive|confused with aby "to pay for"": To stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for.
    • Dearly I abide that boast so vain - Milton

Usage notes

  • The negative form can't abide is commonly used to indicate strong dislike. Similarly can't stand.


  • "The Dude abides." Jeff Bridges, from "The Big Lebowski" a Coen Brothers movie.

Related terms


to dwell
to await
to endure
to tolerate


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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