a·bide (past and past participle a·bode or a·bid·ed, present participle a·bid·ing, 3rd person present singular a·bides)
1. transitive verb tolerate something: to find somebody or something acceptable or bearablecouldn't abide his superior attitude
2. intransitive verb dwell: to live or reside in a place ( archaic )
3. transitive verb await something: to wait for somebody or something ( archaic )
4. transitive verb withstand something: to endure or withstand something ( archaic )
[ Old English ābīdan "wait for, expect" < href="http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_1861590355/bide.html">bide)]
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Main Entry: abide Pronunciation: &-'bIdFunction: verbInflected Form(s): abode /-'bOd /; or abid·ed; abid·ingEtymology: Middle English, from Old English AbIdan, from A-, perfective prefix + bIdan to bide; akin to Old High German ir-, perfective prefix -- more at BIDEtransitive verb1 : to wait for : AWAIT2 a : to endure without yielding : WITHSTAND b : to bear patiently : TOLERATE
a•bide Pronunciation: (u-bīd'), [key] —v., a•bode or a•bid•ed, a•bid•ing. —v.i. 1. to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me. 2. to have one's abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village. 3. to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last. —v.t. 1. to put up with; tolerate; stand: I can't abide dishonesty! 2. to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught. 3. to wait for; await: to abide the coming of the Lord. 4. to accept without opposition or question: to abide the verdict of the judges. 5. to pay the price or penalty of; suffer for. 6. abide by, a. to act in accord with. b. to submit to; agree to: to abide by the court's decision. c. to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep: If you make a promise, abide by it.