abide by

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v abide by show respect towards "honor your parents!"
    • v abide by act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes "He complied with my instructions","You must comply or else!","Follow these simple rules","abide by the rules"
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Quotations

  • Gene Fowler
    Gene Fowler
    “I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.”
  • Harper Lee
    Harper Lee
    “The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
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    “Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.”
  • Vera Brittain
    Vera Brittain
    “There is an abiding beauty which may be appreciated by those who will see things as they are and who will ask for no reward except to see.”

Idioms

Abide by a decision - If you abide by a decision, you accept it and comply with it, even though you might disagree with it.
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Usage

In literature:

But now I have raised corn and though I abide here eating nothing else, by it I live.
"The American Missionary" by Various
O bull of the Bharata race, the Pandavas ever abide by the truth.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
Nevertheless, I mean to abide by what I have promised them.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume V. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
If the girl couldn't abide by the rules of the Beekman menage she could sleep somewhere else.
"By Advice of Counsel" by Arthur Train
Finally she asserted that if a dissolution of the Union must be the alternative she was quite prepared to abide by the result.
"A Social History of The American Negro" by Benjamin Brawley
I shall abide by my decision.
"Ethelyn's Mistake" by Mary Jane Holmes
I'm willing to abide by what he says.
"Odd Craft, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
And they will never abide by the commands of their husbands.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
So they had to leave him to abide by his bargain, and a sore handful he has of it.
"A Reputed Changeling" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The great body of the people abide by the dry legal obligation in both cases, and a few break over in each.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Lincoln" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
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In poetry:

The law and gospel of the Lord
Deep in his heart abide;
Led by the Spirit and the word,
His feet shall never slide.
"Psalm 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Abiding still by Northern shores,
He sees far off on Grecian coast
Veiled Aphrodite, but adores
Minerva and Apollo most.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Our couple then made no demur
To leave themselves and cause to her;
Fully determin'd to abide
By what the lady should decide.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton
O THOU, by Whom the saints abide,
Whatever fears or foes betide,
Safe in the Bridegroom and the Bride:
GOD the SPIRIT, hear us.
"Confirmation Litany Hymn" by Samuel John Stone
If love thou hast for me, not hate,
Arise and find a younger mate;
For I no longer will abide
Where youth and age lie side by side.
"Youth And Age" by Sappho
O thou, by long experience tried,
Near whom no grief can long abide;
My love! how full of sweet content
I pass my years of banishment!
"The Soul That Loves God Finds Him Everywhere" by William Cowper

In news:

California wants to use its own accountability system to improve schools rather than to abide by federally required policies from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is also known as No Child Left Behind.
) The dance dress code is very reasonable and parents as well as students should abide by it.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
In an age dominated by overexposure, singers rarely abide by the adage of giving audiences just enough to keep them wanting more.
COLUMBUS — An animal owner told a federal judge Monday that abiding by Ohio's new regulations on exotic creatures would put some of her animals ' lives in danger and take thousands of dollars away from her business.
An animal owner told a federal judge on Monday that abiding by Ohio's new regulations on exotic - 4:34 pm.
A government official from the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda told an online gambling conference in Las Vegas that his country wants the US to abide by international rulings and allow island Internet gambling.
Rights group urges rebels to abide by international accords amid report of "horrible abuses".
We've agreed to be bound by the arbitrator 's decision and will abid...
At their first board meeting, the newly minted New York Racing Association's 17 trustees voted to meet in public sessions and abide by state sunshine rules.
Sheriff's candidate Sandy Carpenter must abide by the law.
"Sharia has always advocated they (Muslims) abide by the law of the land when it does not contradict" Islam.
Germany Intends to Abide By 2013 Implementation of Basel III.
Did anyone really think that Grover Norquist's "no tax" pledge could be abided by with only half of the Congress willing to sign it.
Obama adviser breaks with his faith but still abides by its rules.
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In science:

In this article, we have tried to explore the algebraic constraints that a free field theory must abide by.
Number Operator Algebras
Needless to say, the above contribution must again be removed by a suitable change of scheme, in order to abide by the standard MS renormalization conditions.
Effective Hamiltonian for Non-Leptonic |Delta F| = 1 Decays at NNLO in QCD
However, in a gravitational theory that abides by the general principles laid out by Einstein, the spacetime geometry is determined by the dynamical equations.
The Early History of String Theory and Supersymmetry
Examination of the relationship between the elements of S − I and D(cid:62) · D confirms that partunits with an encoder-decoder angle less than 0.5 radians abide by ISTA, and so perform sparse coding on the residual input after the categorical-unit prototypes are subtracted out.
Discriminative Recurrent Sparse Auto-Encoders
However, any theoretical speculation along these lines must abide by the best current empirical bounds.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary
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