Definition for A-BIDE'

A-BIDE', v.t.

  1. To wait for; to be prepared for; to await. Bonds and afflictions abide me. – Acts xx. 23. [For is here understood.]
  2. To endure or sustain. To abide the indignation of the Lord. – Joel ii. 11.
  3. To bear or endure; to bear patiently; as, I can not 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 for; Abide for me, Hosea iii. 3. Sometimes by by; Abide by the crib, Job. xxxix. 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.

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