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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bahy-ding]
    • /əˈbaɪ dɪŋ/
    • /əˈbaɪ.dɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bahy-ding]
    • /əˈbaɪ dɪŋ/

Definitions of abiding word

  • adjective abiding An abiding feeling, memory, or interest is one that you have for a very long time. 3
  • adjective abiding permanent; enduring 3
  • adjective abiding continuing without change; enduring; lasting 3
  • adjective abiding continuing without change; enduring; steadfast: an abiding faith. 1
  • verb without object abiding to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me. 1
  • verb without object abiding to have one's abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village. 1

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Origin of abiding

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at abide, -ing2

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Abiding


abiding popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% 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".

abiding usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abiding

adj abiding

  • steadfast — fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze.
  • continuing — not ended; ongoing
  • persistent — persistence
  • lasting — continuing or enduring a long time; permanent; durable: a lasting friendship.
  • steady — firmly placed or fixed; stable in position or equilibrium: a steady ladder.

adjective abiding

  • remaining — to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.
  • surviving — to remain alive after the death of someone, the cessation of something, or the occurrence of some event; continue to live: Few survived after the holocaust.
  • long-lasting — enduring or existing for a long period of time: a long-lasting friendship.
  • unshakable — to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements.
  • enduring — Continuing or long-lasting.

Antonyms for abiding

adj abiding

  • temporary — an office worker hired, usually through an agency on a per diem basis, for a short period of time.
  • transient — not lasting, enduring, or permanent; transitory.
  • fleeting — swift; rapid: to be fleet of foot; a fleet horse.
  • ceasing — to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
  • unfixed — to render no longer fixed; unfasten; detach; loosen; free.

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