abide /əˈbʌɪd/


I. verb

1. [no obj.] ( abide by) accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation).

I said I would abide by their decision.
2. [with obj.] ( can/could not abide)
‹informal› be unable to tolerate

if there is one thing I cannot abide it is a lack of discipline.
3. [no obj.] (of a feeling or memory) continue without fading or being lost.

at least one memory will abide.
‹archaic› live; dwell.

many unskilful Men do abide in our City of London.
II. derivatives

abidance /əˈbʌɪd(ə)ns /

– origin Old English ābīdan ‘wait’, from ā- ‘onwards’ + bīdan (see bide).

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