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Pronunciation: /bʌɪd

Definition of bide in English:


[no object, with adverbial of place] archaic or dialect
Remain or stay somewhere: how long must I bide here to wait for the answer?
More example sentences
  • 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.


Old English bīdan, of Germanic origin.


bide one's time

Wait quietly for a good opportunity to do something: she patiently bided her time before making an escape bid
More example sentences
  • 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.

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