To abide by

To abide by
Abide A*bide", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Abode}, formerly {Abid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abiding}.] [AS. [=a]b[=i]dan; pref. [=a]- (cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + b[=i]dan to bide. See {Bide}.] 1. To wait; to pause; to delay. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Let the damsel abide with us a few days. --Gen. xxiv. 55. [1913 Webster]

3. To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain. [1913 Webster]

Let every man abide in the same calling. --1 Cor. vii. 20. [1913 Webster] Followed by by:

{To abide by}. (a) To stand to; to adhere; to maintain. [1913 Webster]

The poor fellow was obstinate enough to abide by what he said at first. --Fielding. [1913 Webster] (b) To acquiesce; to conform to; as, to abide by a decision or an award. [1913 Webster]


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  • Abide — A*bide , v. t. 1. 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. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] Note: [[Obs.], with a personal object. [1913 Webster] Bonds and afflictions abide me.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abide — A*bide , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Abode}, formerly {Abid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abiding}.] [AS. [=a]b[=i]dan; pref. [=a] (cf. Goth. us , G. er , orig. meaning out) + b[=i]dan to bide. See {Bide}.] 1. To wait; to pause; to delay. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abide — vt abode or abid·ed, abid·ing: to accept without objection abide by: to act or behave in accordance with or in obedience to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Abide with Me (disambiguation) — Abide with Me is a Christian hymn composed by Henry Francis Lyte in 1847.Abide with Me may also refer to:* Abide with Me , a 2006 novel by Elizabeth Strout. * Abide with Me , a 1935 play by Clare Boothe Luce …   Wikipedia

  • abide — is now limited to two main meanings, and has lost many others over seven centuries of use along with several redundant inflections, including abode. The principal meaning ‘to bear, tolerate’ is now only used in negative contexts, usually with a… …   Modern English usage

  • abide — [v1] submit to, put up with accept, acknowledge, bear, bear with*, be big about*, concede, consent, defer, endure, hang in*, hang in there*, hang tough*, live with*, put up with*, receive, sit tight*, stand, stand for, stomach, suffer, swallow,… …   New thesaurus

  • abide — ► VERB 1) (abide by) accept or observe (a rule or decision). 2) informal tolerate: he could not abide conflict. 3) (of a feeling or memory) endure. 4) archaic live; dwell. ORIGIN Old English, wait ; related to BIDE(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

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  • abide — (v.) O.E. abidan, gebidan remain, wait, delay, remain behind, from ge completive prefix (denoting onward motion; see A (Cf. a ) (1)) + bidan bide, remain, wait, dwell (see BIDE (Cf. bide)). Originally intransitive (with genitive of the object: we …   Etymology dictionary

  • abide by something — abide by (something) to accept or obey an arrangement, decision, or rule. It is a good thing that most drivers abide by the rules of the road …   New idioms dictionary

  • abide by — (something) to accept or obey an arrangement, decision, or rule. It is a good thing that most drivers abide by the rules of the road …   New idioms dictionary

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