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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a long-term/abiding interest (=an interest you have had for a long time)
▪ She has had a long-term interest in antiques.
an abiding/enduring/lasting memory (=that you will always have)
▪ The children's abiding memory of their father is of his patience and gentleness.
comply with/abide by/observe a ruleformal (= obey it)
▪ All members must comply with the rules of the organization.
▪ There is little that one country can do if another fails to abide by the rules.
▪ We expect you to observe the general rules of conduct as set out below.
▪ What regulations, rules or guidelines do environmental consultants have to abide by?
▪ He had expected everybody to abide by the rules he had applied to his own life.
▪ What position are they in to make certain the prisoners abide by the rules of their temporary release?
▪ Commercials that don't abide by the rules.
▪ His generosity does not abide by our rules.
▪ He has authority to settle the dispute, for they agreed to abide by his decision.
be of/have no fixed abode/address
▪ Both were said to be of no fixed abode, although they originate from the Old Swan district of Liverpool.
▪ I was of no fixed abode, but I'd finished my time so they still let me go.
right of abode
▪ That is six times the number to be offered the right of abode in the government's package.
▪ The 1962 Commonwealth Immigrants Act changed this, and only those born in Britain were henceforth automatically given the right of abode.
▪ This would have allowed the right of abode to all citizens in any part of the country.
sb's humble abode
▪ Welcome to our humble abode.
▪ Agreement to abide by the laws of the land is not enough.
▪ Mr Major insisted that the Government would abide by normal parliamentary procedures.
▪ President Aquino said she would abide by the court's decision.
▪ This abiding relationship extended to all aspects of life, including daily existence.
▪ Those abiding by the spending ceiling can accept contributions at the current level of $ 750.
▪ What position are they in to make certain the prisoners abide by the rules of their temporary release?
▪ Whatever the reason for a refusal, the church musician has to abide by the publisher's decision.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.


Abide \A*bide"\, v. t.

  1. 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.''

    Note: [[Obs.], with a personal object.

    Bonds and afflictions abide me.
    --Acts xx. 23.

  2. To endure; to sustain; to submit to.

    [Thou] shalt abide her judgment on it.

  3. To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with.

    She could not abide Master Shallow.

  4. Note: [Confused with aby to pay for. See Aby.] To stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for.

    Dearly I abide that boast so vain.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


vb. 1 (label en intransitive obsolete) To wait in expectation. (Attested from prior to 1150 until the mid 17th century.)(R:SOED5: page=4) 2 (label en intransitive obsolete) To pause; to delay. (Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the mid 17th century.) 3 (label en intransitive) To stay; to continue in a place; to remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to be left. (First attested from around (1150 to 1350).) 4 (label en intransitive archaic) To have one's abode; to dwell; to reside; to sojourn. (First attested from around (1350 to 1470).) 5 (label en intransitive) To endure; to remain; to last. (First attested from around (1350 to 1470).) 6 (label en transitive) To stand ready for; to await for someone; watch for. (First attested prior to around 1150.)

  1. v. 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]

  3. [also: abode]

Usage examples of "abide".

But I have bethought me, that, since I am growing old and past the age of getting children, one of you, my sons, must abide at home to cherish me and your mother, and to lead our carles in war if trouble falleth upon us.

For if so be it doth not, then may ye all abide at home, and eat of my meat, and drink of my cup, but little chided either for sloth or misdoing, even as it hath been aforetime.

Nicholas, hear of me therein, they must even let me alone to abide here.

Therefore take my rede, and abide till the Chapmen wend thither from Higham, who ride many in company.

I may abide here beyond the two days if the adventure befall me not ere then.

Yet I know that thou wilt abide here till some one else come, whether that be early or late.

I deem thou hast not come hither to abide her without some token or warrant of her.

Then grew Ralph shamefaced and turned away from her, and miscalled himself for a fool and a dastard that could not abide the pleasure of his lady at the very place whereto she had let lead him.

Wilt thou abide here by Walter thyself alone, and let me bring the imp of Upmeads home to our house?

I been content to abide till eld came upon me, but my lord would not have it so, but longed for greater things for me.

I will not wear thy soul with words about my grief and sorrow: but it is to be told that I sat now in a perilous place, and yet I might not step down from it and abide in that land, for then it was a sure thing, that some of my foes would have laid hand on me and brought me to judgment for being but myself, and I should have ended miserably.

Now he thought that he would abide their coming and see if he might join their company, since if he crossed the water he would be on the backward way: and it was but a little while ere the head of them came up over the hill, and were presently going past Ralph, who rose up to look on them, and be seen of them, but they took little heed of him.

Clement, that my lord is anhungered of the praise of the folks, and is not like to abide in a mere merchant-town till the mould grow on his back.

But if ye like not the journey, abide here in this town the onset of Walter the Black.

So they took counsel together, and to some it seemed better to abide the onset on their vantage ground.