American Dictionary of the English Language

Dictionary Search


ABI'DE, verb intransitive pert. and part. abode.

abada, to be, or exist, to continue; W. bod, to be; to dwell, rest, continue, stand firm, or be stationary for anytime indefinitely. Class Bd. No 7.]

1. To rest, or dwell. Genesis 29:19.

2. To tarry or stay for a short time. Genesis 24:55.

3. To continue permanently or in the same state; to be firm and immovable. Psalms 119:90.

4. To remain, to continue. Acts 27:31. Ecclesiastes 8:15.

ABI'DE, verb transitive

1. To wait for; to be prepared for; to await.

Bonds and afflictions abide me. Acts 20:23.

[For is here understood.]

2. To endure or sustain.

To abide the indignation of the Lord. Joel 2:11.

3. To bear or endure; to bear patiently. 'I cannot abide his impertinence.'

This verb when intransitive, is followed by in or at before the place, and with before the person. 'Abide with me - at Jerusalem or in this land.' Sometimes by on, the sword shall abide on his cities; and in the sense of wait, by far, abide for me. Hosea 3:3. Sometimes by by, abide by the crib. Job 39:9.

In general, abide by signifies to adhere to, maintain defend, or stand to, as to abide by a promise, or by a friend; or to suffer the consequences, as to abide by the event, that is, to be fixed or permanent in a particular condition.