V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to tolerate (often used in the negative); 2. to last for a long time; 3. to live or reside; 4. to accept something or to follow something such as a rule or order

Synonyms: accept, endure, prevail, survive, live, reside, tolerate, await, withstand

Antonyms: pass, avoid

Tips: Abide is often a more sophisticated way of saying "put up with." When used in a more positive sense, abide denotes something continuing and enduring. You have probably heard the expression "you have to abide by the rules." There is a connotation of following and adhering, but note that it still comes from the original definition of "putting up with" and "enduring" the rules. The related adjective abiding means unceasing or withstanding. The common term "law-abiding citizen" refers to a person who follows the law.

Usage Examples:

I cannot abide by your rules. (live, reside)

My grandparents' abiding love was a joy to all who knew them. (unceasing, enduring) adjective

This monument to freedom will abide forever. (endure, survive)

He was the sort of man who never caused trouble and who always abided by the law. (lived)

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