a·bide / əˈbīd/ • v. 1. [intr.] (abide by) accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation): I said I would abide by their decision.2. [tr.] inf. tolerate (someone or something): if there is one thing I cannot abide it is a lack of discipline.3. [intr.] (of a feeling or a memory) continue without fading or being lost. ∎ archaic live; dwell.