Definition of reside in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈzīd/


[no object]
1Have one’s permanent home in a particular place: people who work in the city actually reside in neighboring towns
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  • While over 90,000 people now live in the Limerick urban area, only around 54,000 reside within the city boundary.
  • Both are prepared to spend time actually residing in the parents' home with the child.
  • Where did these local residents actually reside?
live in, occupy, inhabit, stay in, lodge in
formal dwell in, be domiciled in
1.1Be situated: the paintings now reside on the walls of a restaurant
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  • The painting first resided in Fontainebleau, later in the Palace of Versailles.
  • The painting has resided in a New England family since 1923.
  • She was in a room fit for a queen from the 1800's, with gold linings on the walls, red velvet decorating the spaces where paintings didn't reside.
be situated, be found, be located, lie
1.2(Of power or a right) belong by right to a person or body: legislative powers reside with the federal assembly
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  • In a Republic, the real power should reside in the Legislature.
  • They will go because effective power resides not with the elected but tame House of Commons, but with the Crown and is vested in the person of the Prime Minister on behalf of the Sovereign.
  • However, real power resides with the P5, and their individual right of veto.
be vested in, be bestowed on, be conferred on, be in the hands of
1.3(Of a quality) be present or inherent in something: the meaning of an utterance does not wholly reside in the semantic meaning
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  • The essential qualities of Judo reside in the execution of throws with finesse, without the expenditure of strength, joined to an irresistible rhythm.
  • Qualities can only reside in substances and cannot occur on their own.
  • Its stature resides in its quietude and simplicity, yet with an inner energy which reflects a lifetime's contemplation of the harmonies of art.
be inherent, be present, exist


Late Middle English (in the sense 'be in residence as an official'): probably a back-formation from resident, influenced by French résider or Latin residere 'remain', from re- 'back' + sedere 'sit'.

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Syllabification: re·side

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