To abide by
Abide A*bide", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Abode}, formerly {Abid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abiding}.] [AS. [=a]b[=i]dan; pref. [=a]- (cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + b[=i]dan to bide. See {Bide}.] 1. To wait; to pause; to delay. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To stay; to continue in a place; to have one's abode; to dwell; to sojourn; -- with with before a person, and commonly with at or in before a place. [1913 Webster]

Let the damsel abide with us a few days. --Gen. xxiv. 55. [1913 Webster]

3. To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain. [1913 Webster]

Let every man abide in the same calling. --1 Cor. vii. 20. [1913 Webster] Followed by by:

{To abide by}. (a) To stand to; to adhere; to maintain. [1913 Webster]

The poor fellow was obstinate enough to abide by what he said at first. --Fielding. [1913 Webster] (b) To acquiesce; to conform to; as, to abide by a decision or an award. [1913 Webster]


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  • To stand by — Stand Stand (st[a^]nd), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stood} (st[oo^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Standing}.] [OE. standen; AS. standan; akin to OFries. stonda, st[=a]n, D. staan, OS. standan, st[=a]n, OHG. stantan, st[=a]n, G. stehen, Icel. standa, Dan. staae,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lie by — Lie Lie, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[=a]); p. p. {Lain} (l[=a]n), ({Lien} (l[imac] [e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lying}.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To stick by — Stick Stick, v. i. 1. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall. [1913 Webster] The green caterpillar breedeth in the inward parts of roses not blown, where the dew sticketh. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To remain where… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abide by — To adhere to, to obey, to accept the consequences of. Detroit Fidelity & Surety Co. v. U. S., C.C.A.Ohio, 36 F.2d 682, 683. To stand to, acquiesce in, conform to. To accept as valid, and to take consequences of; as to abide by a decision. Kovach… …   Black's law dictionary

  • abide by — To adhere to, to obey, to accept the consequences of. Detroit Fidelity & Surety Co. v. U. S., C.C.A.Ohio, 36 F.2d 682, 683. To stand to, acquiesce in, conform to. To accept as valid, and to take consequences of; as to abide by a decision. Kovach… …   Black's law dictionary

  • abide by — verb 1. act in accordance with someone s rules, commands, or wishes (Freq. 2) He complied with my instructions You must comply or else! Follow these simple rules abide by the rules • Syn: ↑comply, ↑follow …   Useful english dictionary

  • abide by — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms abide by : present tense I/you/we/they abide by he/she/it abides by present participle abiding by past tense abided by past participle abided by abide by something to follow a rule, decision, or instruction… …   English dictionary

  • abide by — verb a) To accept a decision or law and act in accordance with it; to conform to; to acquiesce; as, to abide by an award. The poor fellow was obstinate enough to abide by what he said at first b) To remain faithful to something or someone; to… …   Wiktionary

  • abide by something — aˈbide by sth derived (formal) to accept and act according to a law, an agreement, etc • You ll have to abide by the rules of the club. • We will abide by their decision. Main entry: ↑abide …   Useful english dictionary

  • abide by — {v.} To accept and obey; be willing to follow. * /A basketball player may know he did not foul, but he must abide by the referee s decision./ * /The members agree to abide by the rules of the club./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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