abide by

a·bide by
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bahyd bahy]
    • /əˈbaɪd baɪ/
    • /əˈbaɪd baɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bahyd bahy]
    • /əˈbaɪd baɪ/

Definitions of abide by words

  • phrasal verb abide by If you abide by a law, agreement, or decision, you do what it says you should do. 3
  • noun abide by to live up to (a promise, agreement, etc.) 3
  • noun abide by to submit to and carry out (a rule, decision, etc.) 3
  • verb without object abide by to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me. 1
  • verb without object abide by to have one's abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village. 1
  • verb without object abide by to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last. 1

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Origin of abide by

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 by


abide by 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".

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Synonyms for abide by

verb abide by

  • follow — to come after in sequence, order of time, etc.: The speech follows the dinner.
  • observe — to see, watch, perceive, or notice: He observed the passersby in the street.
  • acknowledge — If you acknowledge a fact or a situation, you accept or admit that it is true or that it exists.
  • concede — If you concede something, you admit, often unwillingly, that it is true or correct.
  • accept — If you accept something that you have been offered, you say yes to it or agree to take it.

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