- 1 [no object] (abide by) Accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation): I said I would abide by their decisionMore example sentences
- The serious collector of funny names accepts only those of real people, and abides by certain rules of the game, just as do those who fish for trout.
- The PA said that it had always abided by the decisions of the court.
- There was always the arguing, but in the end, the men had made a decision and all had abided by it.
- 2 [with object] (can/could not abide) • informal Be unable to tolerate (someone or something): if there is one thing I cannot abide it is a lack of disciplineMore example sentences
- The man who had hoped to segue from comedy returned to the role he hated and the director he couldn't abide.
- For years Papa operated with a plain desk, which he and Mother shared, but she couldn't stand his clutter and he couldn't abide having his clutter ‘straightened up.’
- At the same time, he couldn't abide facile equations between criminal desperadoes and the legalized murder machinery of a state.
- 3 [no object] (Of a feeling or a memory) continue without fading or being lost.More example sentences
- One memory abides of when, at a very tender age and against the tide, he took up Irish dancing.
- Still, let the memory abide of him chewing the ends of his moustache.
- How can faith and fear abide in the face of this avalanche of enlightenment, this flash-flood of knowledge and exposure to everything that once had been only Our secrets?
- 3.1 • archaic Live; dwell.More example sentences
- You did not read books through; you dwelt, abided between their lines and reopening them after an interval.
- The Elder says, ‘Those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them’.
- Where does the consciousness abide before it takes rebirth or becomes liberated?
Old English ābīdan 'wait', from ā- 'onward' + bīdan (see bide).