Meaning of abide

abide




Abide means “to be able to live with or put up with.” If you can’t abide with something, it means you can’t stand it. If you can abide it, it means you can live with it.

An old definition of abide is “to live” — think of abode, as in “dwelling.” If you abide by the rules, it means you live with them, and you will follow them. If you can’t abide your sister’s shrill violin playing, it means you can’t live with it, you can’t be in the house when she’s practicing. You abide something you don’t like, like your teacher’s long stories about math. It’s not a pleasant experience, but what choice do you have?

Definitions of abide
  1. verb

    dwell

    synonyms:

    bide, stay

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    types:

    visit

    stay with as a guest
    outstay, overstay

    stay too long
    type of:

    continue, remain, stay, stay on

    continue in a place, position, or situation

  2. verb

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    synonyms:

    bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate

    suffer

    experience (emotional) pain
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    accept, live with, swallow

    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    hold still for, stand for

    tolerate or bear
    bear up

    endure cheerfully
    take lying down

    suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
    take a joke

    listen to a joke at one’s own expense
    sit out

    endure to the end
    pay

    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
    get one’s lumps, take one’s lumps

    suffer the results or consequences of one’s behavior or actions
    type of:

    allow, countenance, let, permit

    consent to, give permission

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