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1  —as in:
abide by her decision
Definition to tolerate or put up with something
  • I can't abide her continual complaints.
abide = tolerate
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He couldn't abide their religious intolerance.
  • abide = put up with
  • 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
  • You are all kindness, madam; but I believe we must abide by our original plan.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I can't abide ugliness in factories!
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • abide = tolerate (live with)
  • I believe they went to the trouble of putting an extra amount of garlic into our food, and I can't abide garlic.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • abide = tolerate (live with)
  • You don't have to agree with my decisions, but you will abide by them.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • abide = live (follow, or comply with)
  • This is a time when citizens should be most loyal. Most law-abiding.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • law-abiding = law-obeying
  • They will abide by the law.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • abide = live (obey)
  • The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
abide = accept

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2  —as in:
abide in the forest
Definition to live in a place

or more rarely:  to live with someone or something
  • The song is called "Abide With Me."
abide = live
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She abides in the forest.
  • abides = lives
  • God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
    1 John 4:16 (NSRV)
  • And there we will abide.
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • And we ask only that his soul enter the Kingdom Hall, there to abide forever.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • abide = live
  • Her hands went straying around the keyboard, found "Abide With Me," and played a few lines, real quiet.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • abide = live
  • Beaufort had taken effectual measures to conceal himself, and it was ten months before my father discovered his abode.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • abode = home
  • Busy Bee had hinted delicately that it was to be an abode for Royalty?
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • abode = home
  • The new abode of the two friends was with a pious widow, of good social rank, who dwelt in a house covering pretty nearly the site on which the venerable structure of King's Chapel has since been built.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • abode = home
  • If tenderness could be ever supposed wanting, good sense and good breeding supplied its place; and as to the little irritations sometimes introduced by aunt Norris, they were short, they were trifling, they were as a drop of water to the ocean, compared with the ceaseless tumult of her present abode.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
abode = home

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3  —as in:
an abiding desire to
Definition to remain or endure
  • I have an abiding interest in the subject.
abiding = enduring
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Our love is deep and abiding.
  • abiding = enduring
  • The popularity of Mozart's music had abided for centuries.
  • Love abides.
  • Property left to a child may soon be lost; but the inheritance of virtue—a good name an unblemished reputation—will abide forever. If those who are toiling for wealth to leave their children, would but take half the pains to secure for them virtuous habits, how much more serviceable would they be. The largest property may be wrested from a child, but virtue will stand by him to the last.
    William Graham Sumner
  • These additional formal and informal prayers give expression to the primary function of prayer in Islam, which is personal communication with God for the purpose of maintaining the abiding presence of the divine in the personal lives of Muslims.
    Islam - MSN Encarta  -- (retrieved 05/21/06)
  • Roman, thirty-two, inquisitive and outspoken, has a doctorate in biology from Stanford and an abiding distrust of conventional wisdom.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • abiding = enduring (always present)
  • ...we feel the need to lean on something that abides, something that will never play us false–a reality, an absolute and everlasting truth.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • abides = endures (continues to exist)
  • The aim of the Low, when they have an aim — for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives — is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • abiding = enduring (always true)
  • I would no longer in the bed abide,
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
abide = remain

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In classic literature, abide also sometimes references "awaiting someone or something".
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