Definition of bide in English:

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Pronunciation: /bīd/


[no object] archaic or dialect
Remain or stay somewhere: how long must I bide here to wait for the answer?
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  • Over clear pools, that solitude must bide, await your sowing like a holy bride, to cast off widowhood when you draw near.
  • Not yet - hold, bide, don't go to sleep on the possibilities here.
  • Emmy bided patiently, not discerning the point.


bide one's time

Wait quietly for a good opportunity to do something: she bided her time, patiently reading a magazine and planning her escape
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  • The shadow watched and waited, patiently biding his time.
  • Rich listened obligingly, biding his time as he waited for the right opportunity.
  • They quite rightly don't want to be seen to be desperate for an acquisition, and are apparently willing to bide their time, waiting for the right opportunity.
wait, sit tight
informal stick around, hold on, hang around


Old English bīdan, of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with bide

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