Meaning of abide

a•bide

Pronunciation: (u-bīd'), [key]
— v., a•bode 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. to abide by the court's decision.
    1. to act in accord with.
    2. to submit to; agree to:to abide by the court's decision.
    3. to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep:If you make a promise, abide by it.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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