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Definition of "abide" []

  • To put up with; tolerate: can't abide such incompetence. See Synonyms at bear1. (verb-transitive)
  • To wait patiently for: "I will abide the coming of my lord” ( Tennyson). (verb-transitive)
  • To withstand: a thermoplastic that will abide rough use and great heat. (verb-transitive)
  • To remain in a place. (verb-intransitive)
  • To continue to be sure or firm; endure. See Synonyms at stay1. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abide" in a sentence
  • "IV. iii.99 (330,4) [abide] To _abide_, here, must signify, to _sojourn_, to live for a time without a settled habitation."
  • "The tough part seems to come in knowing how to abide or what the word abide really means."
  • "Corruption isn't everything: Americans can forgive rascals who manage to win -- look at Bill Clinton -- but what they cannot abide is losers."