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