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abide
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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 = tolerate
  • 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 (accept or comply with)
  • PARRIS: It is agreed, sir-it is agreed—we will abide by your judgment.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • abide = accept (comply with)
  • And Johnny, who was the most law-abiding of us, now carried in his back pocket a six-inch switchblade.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • law-abiding = obeying (in this case, following the law)
  • As you know, I'm quite the jealous type, and I can't abide her behavior.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
abide = tolerate

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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
  • The said dragon abides there,
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • abides = lives
  • May each drop of it be a weapon and a shield against the presence of all evil and may it be a cleansing and blessing of this humble abode.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • abode = a place where one lives
  • the earth abode of stones
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • abode = a place where one lives
  • Well, you won't abide here long, I can tell you.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel

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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  --  http://encarta.msn.com/text_761579171___0/Islam.html (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)
  • 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
  • Uncle Jack was one of the abiding pleasures of Maycomb.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
abiding = enduring

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