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


To wait; to pause; to delay.




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.


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.

Followed by by: To abide by. (a) To stand to; to adhere; to maintain.

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

(b) To acquiesce; to conform to; as, to abide by a decision or an award.


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A*bide", v. t.


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."


[[Obs.], with a personal object.

Bonds and afflictions abide me. Acts xx. 23.


To endure; to sustain; to submit to.

[Thou] shalt abide her judgment on it. Tennyson.


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

She could not abide Master Shallow. Shak.

4. [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. Milton.


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