Definition of abide verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈbaɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbaɪd//
    In sense 2 abode
    BrE BrE//əˈbəʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈboʊd//
    is also used for the past tense and past participle.
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abide
    BrE BrE//əˈbaɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbaɪd//
    he / she / it abides
    BrE BrE//əˈbaɪdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbaɪdz//
    past simple abided
    BrE BrE//əˈbaɪdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbaɪdɪd//
    past participle abided
    BrE BrE//əˈbaɪdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbaɪdɪd//
    -ing form abiding
    BrE BrE//əˈbaɪdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbaɪdɪŋ//
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  1. 1[transitive] cannot/could not abide somebody/something to dislike somebody/something so much that you hate having to be with or deal with them synonym bear, stand I can't abide people with no sense of humour. He couldn't abide the thought of being cooped up in an office. I can’t abide people who look down on others.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (old use or formal) to stay or live in a place May joy and peace abide in us all.
  3. Word OriginOld English ābīdan ‘wait’, from ā- ‘onwards’ + bīdan, of Germanic origin. Phrasal Verbsabide by something
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