Abode
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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