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Abide appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Deboned; I ban a citadel I’m sure Peru smiled at: I can abide no bed.
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Definition of the verb abide

What does abide mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. dwell
  2. put up with something or somebody unpleasant

Alternative definition of the verb abide


  1. [intransitive, obsolete] To wait; to pause; to delay.
  2. [intransitive] 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.
  3. [intransitive] To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain.
  4. [transitive, obsolete with a personal object] To wait for, to be prepared for, to await, to watch for.
  5. [transitive] To endure; to sustain; to submit to.
  6. [transitive] To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with.
  7. [transitive, confused with aby "to pay for"] To stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for.

Definition of the verb abide for high school students

    to put up with
    • example: Though he did not agree with the decision, Chuck decided to abide by it.
    to remain
    • example: Despite the beating they've taken from the weather throughout the millennia, the mountains abide.

The verb abide is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Phrases with abide

  1. abide by
  2. abide with
  3. to abide by
  4. to abide

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for abide

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Google previewDraw the Circle (2012)

The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson

The word abide is a present imperative verb, which indicates a continual action. It's not something we start and stop; it's something we do for the rest of our lives. And we do more of it. The goal is to get closer and closer to God. And the way we ...

Google previewLife in Jesus, God's Son (1998)

by Melvin E. Banks

To abide means to remain steadfast and firmly in one place. We are instructed to remain firmly rooted and grounded in the agape love that Jesus has displayed toward us just as it has been displayed toward Him by the Father. 3. Abiding as ...

Google previewThe International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (2015)

by Orr, James

ABIDE. a-bı ̄d ́: Old English word signifying progressively to “await,” “remain,” “ lodge,” “sojourn,” “dwell,” “continue,” “endure”; represented richly in Old Testament (King James Version) by 12 Hebrew and in New Testament by as many Greek ...

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Usage statistics about abide

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb abide:


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Quotes about abide

If we abide by the principles taught by the Bible, our country will go on prospering. (Daniel Webster)
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Scrabble value of A1B3I1D2E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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