• WordNet 3.6
    • v abide 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"
    • v abide dwell "You can stay with me while you are in town","stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the German army invaded France in WWI, they actually followed the schedules of the local trains to invade (it was faster by rail and they wanted to surprise France), checking the timetable and abiding by it. And France, whose army was waiting at the border, sent taxis to pick up and transport the troops to counter the attack
    • Abide To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with. "She could not abide Master Shallow."
    • Abide To endure; to sustain; to submit to. "Thou] shalt abide her judgment on it."
    • Abide To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain. "Let every man abide in the same calling."
    • Abide To stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for. "Dearly I abide that boast so vain."
    • Abide 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."
    • Abide 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.""Bonds and afflictions abide me."
    • Abide To wait; to pause; to delay.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abide To wait for; especially, to stand one's ground against.
    • abide To await; be in store for.
    • abide To endure or sustain; remain firm under.
    • abide To put up with; tolerate.
    • abide To encounter; undergo: in a jocular sense.
    • abide To have one's abode; dwell; reside.
    • abide To remain; continue to stay.
    • abide To continue in a certain condition; remain steadfast or faithful.
    • abide To wait; stop; delay.
    • abide To inhere; belong as an attribute or quality; have its seat.
    • abide To pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abide a-bīd′ to bide or wait for: to endure: to tolerate
    • v.i Abide to remain in a place, dwell or stay:—pa.t. and pa.p. abōde′
    • n Abide an enduring
    • v.t Abide a-bīd′ (Shak. and Milton) to redeem, pay the penalty for, suffer.
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  • Heraclitus
    “Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.”
  • Bible
    “And now abide faith, hope and love; these three, but the greatest of these is love. [Corinthians 13:13]”
  • Anthony Robbins
    “There's no abiding success without commitment.”
  • Harper Lee
    Harper Lee
    “The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
  • Mother Jones
    Mother Jones
    “My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong.”
  • St. John of the Cross
    St. John of the Cross
    “Abide in peace, banish cares, take no account of all that happens, and you will serve God according to his good pleasure and rest in him.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ābīdan,; pref. ā-,cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out,) + bīdan, to bide. See Bide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. abyen, confounded with Abide. See Aby.


In literature:

Oh, to abide in the desert with thee!
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
What I have said I will most positively abide by, provided you wish it.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
They had an abiding confidence, by this time, in Jack MacRae.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
But the law of consciousness abides.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
It must be ours to escape him and abide at home.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
We are truly his disciples when we abide in his Word.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
The trend of human life was too eventful to leave me undisturbed in the illusion that this so-called life could be a real and abiding rest.
"Retrospection and Introspection" by Mary Baker Eddy
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
"The Greatest Thing In the World and Other Addresses" by Henry Drummond
I shall abide with them.
"The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy" by Padriac Colum
Abide in London, Master Ridd, and he will make thy fortune.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore

In poetry:

"No more in ark or hill grove
The Holiest abides;
Not in the scroll's dead letter
The eternal secret hides.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Cities of mortals woe begone
Fantastic care derides,
But in the serious landscape lone
Stern benefit abides.
"Waldeinsamkeit" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peace! for that joy abiding
Whereon thou layest hold
Earth keepeth for a tiding
For the day when this is old.
"Earth The Healer, Earth The Keeper" by William Morris
"No, in some peasant's lowly cot
Perhaps she may abide,
To consecrate the humble spot,
But not where I reside.
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
"Away, away!" his Mentors cried,
"Thou uncongenial pest!
A quirk's a thing we can't abide,
A quibble we detest!
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
O my sonne most deere,
God will prouide. Abide thou heere I say,
While I to God a litle whyle doo pray.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding

In news:

Police Chief Ron Miller says the arrangement is an attempt to allow law-abiding people to carry loaded guns in their vehicles but ban gun possession by those who commit crimes.
District says that its intent was to abide by the guidelines set forth by the Children's Internet Protection Act.
A Circuit Court judge in Hampton wiped away Jonathan Montgomery's conviction on three felony sexual assault charge, but the Department of Corrections has refused to abide by the order.
One of the abiding drawbacks of electronic books is that they're not much fun to give as gifts.
Companies planning to bid on vacant broadcast spectrum must abide by government restrictions against cooperating on auction planning.
Campers outside of Portland City Hall were reminded Thursday afternoon of city codes they must abide by during their protest for homelessness policy change.
However, we cannot abide a certain type of trick-or-treater.
I can abide the 9-4-1 mark straight up, but not the 6-8 against the point spread.
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a lower court 's ruling that the case could not proceed because the tribe was not a defendant in the case and couldn't be compelled to abide by the court 's ruling.
The Dude abides at Prytania.
Weather permitting Saturday, explorer and filmmaker James Cameron could take his Deepsea Challenger to the bottom of the world, a place of perpetual cold, darkness, and abiding mystery.
Abide Network seeks restraining order.
Abide Network sues city for property rights.
"If the rules are Monday through Friday, everyone has to abide by them, even the mayor," she said.
Money for law abiders, a nuclear power plant & the Red Cross.

In science:

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
Our main result (see next section) is that if the α(φk )’s are independent r.v.’s (abiding nonetheless to condition (3.8)), then the coefficients, and therefore the field itself are Gaussian.
On the characterization of isotropic Gaussian fields on homogeneous spaces of compact groups
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
Nonlinearity, however, was an abiding presence in either case. eting the behaviour While solving the stationary, spherically symmetric, compressible fluid flow was not difficult mathematically, interpr of the solutions from a physical perspective was.
Implications of nonlinearity for spherically symmetric accretion
These policies, while well-intentioned, are frequently overzealous in their complexity and, thus, unrealistic for users to abide.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses