Definition of abide in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈbʌɪd


  • 3 [no object] (Of a feeling or memory) continue without fading or being lost: at least one memory will abide
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    • 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: many unskilful Men do abide in our City of London
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    • 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?



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  • What are you comparing, the laxity in enforcement or the law abidance?
  • The purpose is to promote freedom of expression, which is complemented by its abidance to uncompromising discipline.
  • When the circumstances giving rise to the duress subside, they must return to law abidance as soon as reasonably practicable.


Old English ābīdan 'wait', from ā- 'onwards' + bīdan (see bide).

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