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Definition of the verb abide by

What does abide by mean as a doing phrase?


  1. act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
  2. show respect towards

Alternative definition of the verb abide by


  1. [transitive] To accept a decision or law and act in accordance with it; to conform to; to acquiesce; as, to abide by an award.
  2. [transitive] To remain faithful to something or someone; to stand to; to adhere.

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Google previewA Dictionary of Numeral Words, by which All Difficulty in the Remembrance of Figures is Removed (1829)

With an Explanation of the Plan by William Henry Crook (LL.D.)

Abide by. Badl faith.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Practice in Civil Actions (1825)

In the Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas, with Practical Directions and Forms, Arranged Under Each Title by Thomas Lee

781, either to abide by that plea, or by that demurrer, or to plead another plea peremptorily on the morrow ; or if near the end of term, and in order to afford time for notice of trial, motion may be made in court for rule to abide or plead in- stanter ...

Google previewDictionary of Property and Construction Law (2002)

by J. Rostron, Robert Hardy-Pickering, Laura Tatham, Linda Wright

Its members are required to abide by a code of practice and be qualified by professional examinations. Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers ( ISVA) An organisation established in 1967 by the amalgamation of the Valuers' ...

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Never say never, for if you live long enough, chances are you will not be able to abide by its restrictions. Never is a long, undependable time, and life is too full of rich possibilities to have restrictions placed upon it. (Gloria Swanson)
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