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Abide \A*bide"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Abode, formerly Abid; p. pr. & vb. n. Abiding.] [AS. [=a]b[=i]dan; pref. [=a]- (cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + b[=i]dan to bide. See Bide.]

  1. To wait; to pause; to delay. [Obs.]

  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.
    --Gen. xxiv. 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 Cor. vii. 20. [1913 Webster] Followed by by: To abide by.

    1. To stand to; to adhere; to maintain.

      The poor fellow was obstinate enough to abide by what he said at first.

    2. To acquiesce; to conform to; as, to abide by a decision or an award.


Etymology 1 vb. (context archaic English) (en-past of: abide) Etymology 2

n. 1 slave 2 servant 3 worshipper


Abid , also Abed, literally meaning worshipper, adorer, devout may be either a surname or given name.

In the Russian language, "" (Abid), or its form "" (Avid), is an old and rare male given name. Included into various, often handwritten, church calendars throughout the 17th–19th centuries, it was omitted from the official Synodal Menologium at the end of the 19th century. Its origins are either Arabic (where it means desired) or Aramaic (where it means work, labor). The diminutive of "Avid" is Avidka . The patronymics derived from "Avid" are "" (Avidovich; masculine) and "" (Avidovna; feminine).

As a surname, in the form Al-Abid and its variants, it is shared by the following people:

  • Muhammad Ali al-Abid (1867–1939), first president of Syria
  • Ahmad Izzat al-Abid (1855–1924), Syrian politician
  • Nawaf Al Abed (born 1990), Saudi association football player

As a surname:

  • Abid Ali Abid (1906–1971), Urdu and Persian critic and poet
  • Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali (born 1971), Pakistani politician and businessman
  • Fazle Hasan Abed (born 1936), Bangladeshi/British social worker
  • Kalbe Abid (d. 1986, Maulana Syed Kalbe Abid Naqvi), mujtahid
  • Kazi Asad Abid (21st century), chairman and CEO of The Daily Ibrat newspaper
  • Pépé Abed, (1911–2006), Lebanese adventurer, explorer, and entrepreneur
  • Qazi Abdul Majeed Abid, politician and journalist from Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Laïla Abid (born 1977), Moroccan-Dutch journalist
  • Mohammed Abed al-Jabri (1936–2010), Moroccan critic and professor of philosophy and Islamic thought
  • Ramzi Abid (born 1980), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Ramzi Abed (born 1973), American film director

As a given name or colloquial name, it is shared by the following people:

  • Abed Azrie (born 1945), Syrian singer of Arab classical music
  • Abed Daoudieh (1920–2015), Jordanian politician
  • Abid Ghoffar Aboe Dja'far (born 1954), Javanese Indonesian singer-songwriter
  • Abid Hamid Mahmud (late 20th century), Iraqi military officer
  • Abid Hasan (diplomat) (bef. 1947–1984), officer of the Indian National Army
  • Abid Hassan Minto (born 1932), Pakistani lawyer
  • Abid Hussain (late 20th century), Indian economist and diplomat
  • Abed Khan (born 1945), Bangladeshi journalist
  • Abid Kovačević (born 1952), former Bosnian association football player
  • Abed Mahfouz (born 1956), Lebanese fashion designer
  • Abid Mutlak al-Jubouri (late 20th century), Iraqi politician
  • Abid Nabi (born 1985), Indian first class cricketer
  • Abed Nadir, fictional character on the TV show Community
  • Abid Qaiyum Suleri (born 1969), Pakistani social policy analyst and development practitioner
  • Abed Rabah (born 1975), Israeli association football player
  • Abid Raja (born 1975), Pakistani Norwegian politician
  • Abid Raza (born 1981), Guantanamo Bay detainee
  • Abid Ullah Jan (21st century), prolific writer

Usage examples of "abid".

The Murafiqin are headed by Abid Hamid Humud, Saddam's personal secretary and the third most powerful man in Iraq after Saddam and Qusayy.

First off, if Saddam were assassinated it would leave the rest of his regime intact and his most likely successor would be one of his two sons, or someone else from his inner circle--his personal secretary, Abid Hamid Humud.

Qusayy and Abid Hamid are believed to be more cautious and calculating, but both are also vicious killers and we should not expect the Iraqi regime to improve much with them at the helm.

First off, if Saddam were assassinated it would leave the rest of his regime intact and his most likely successor would be one of his two sons, or someone else from his inner circle—his personal secretary, Abid Hamid Humud.

At a gesture from Abid, they stepped aside and the major-domo tugged open the door.

There was no doubt about the single jeep droning along the road from Abid to Tel-Aviv.