verb (used with object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
- Archaic. to endure; bear.
- Obsolete. to encounter.
verb (used without object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
- to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
- bide one’s time, to wait for a favorable opportunity: He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.
verb bides, biding, bided, bode or bided
- (intr) archaic, or dialect to continue in a certain place or state; stay
- (intr) archaic, or dialect to live; dwell
- (tr) archaic, or dialect to tolerate; endure
- bide a wee Scot to stay a little
- bide by Scot to abide by
- bide one’s time to wait patiently for an opportunity
Old English bidan “to stay, continue, live, remain,” also “to trust, rely” (cognate with Old Norse biða, Old Saxon bidan, Old Frisian bidia, Middle Dutch biden, Old High German bitan, Gothic beidan “to wait”), apparently from PIE *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of Old English biddan (see bid (v.)), the original sense of which was “to command,” and “to trust” (cf. Greek peithein “to persuade,” pistis “faith;” Latin fidere “to trust,” foedus “compact, treaty,” Old Church Slavonic beda “need”). Perhaps the sense evolved in prehistoric times through “endure,” and “endure a wait,” to “to wait.” Preserved in Scotland and northern England, replaced elsewhere by abide in all senses except to bide one’s time. Related: Bided; biding.