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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bahyd]
    • /əˈbaɪd/
    • /əˈbaɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bahyd]
    • /əˈbaɪd/

Definitions of abide word

  • verb abide to tolerate; put up with 3
  • verb abide to accept or submit to; suffer 3
  • verb abide to comply (with) 3
  • verb abide to remain faithful (to) 3
  • verb abide to remain or continue 3
  • verb abide to dwell 3

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Origin of abide

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English abiden, Old English ābīdan; cognate with Old High German irbītan await, Gothic usbeisns expectation, patience. See a-3, bide

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Parts of speech for Abide


abide popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abide usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abide

verb abide

  • stand for — (of a person) to be in an upright position on the feet.
  • tolerate — to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.
  • accept — If you accept something that you have been offered, you say yes to it or agree to take it.
  • defer — If you defer an event or action, you arrange for it to happen at a later date, rather than immediately or at the previously planned time.
  • stomach — Anatomy, Zoology. a saclike enlargement of the alimentary canal, as in humans and certain animals, forming an organ for storing, diluting, and digesting food. such an organ or an analogous portion of the alimentary canal when divided into two or more sections or parts. any one of these sections.

noun abide

  • brook — to bear; tolerate

Antonyms for abide

verb abide

  • disallow — to refuse to allow; reject; veto: to disallow a claim for compensation.
  • refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.
  • repudiate — to reject as having no authority or binding force: to repudiate a claim.
  • contradict — If you contradict someone, you say that what they have just said is wrong, or suggest that it is wrong by saying something different.

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