abide by

abide by
1. act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes (Freq. 2)

He complied with my instructions


You must comply or else!


Follow these simple rules


abide by the rules

Syn: ↑comply, ↑follow
Derivationally related forms: ↑compliancy (for: ↑comply), ↑compliance (for: ↑comply), ↑compliant (for: ↑comply)
Hypernyms: ↑obey
Hyponyms: ↑oblige, ↑accommodate, ↑toe the line, ↑conform to
Verb Group: ↑stick to, ↑stick with, ↑follow, ↑adopt, ↑espouse
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s


Somebody ——s PP


Somebody ——s something


Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑follow)
2. show respect towards

honor your parents!

Syn: ↑respect, ↑honor, ↑honour, ↑observe
Ant: ↑disrespect (for: ↑respect)
Derivationally related forms: ↑honorable (for: ↑honor), ↑honoring (for: ↑honor), ↑respect (for: ↑respect), ↑respecter (for: ↑respect)
Hypernyms: ↑accept
Hyponyms: ↑lionize, ↑lionise, ↑celebrate, ↑tolerate
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Somebody ——s somebody

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obey, agree to, comply with, conform to, follow, observe, submit to

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: to act or behave in accordance with or obedience to (as a rule or promise)

accept a limitation and abide by it

: conform to : acquiesce in

abide by a decision

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a ˈbide ˌby [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they abide by he/she/it abides by present participle abiding by past tense abided by abode by past participle abided by abode by] phrasal verb
to follow a rule, decision, or instruction

They promised to abide by the rules of the contest.

Thesaurus: to obey a law or rule, or to accept someone's authoritysynonym obedience and cooperationhyponym
Main entry: abide

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abide by [phrasal verb]
abide by (something) : to accept and be guided by (something) :obey

We have to abide by the rules.

They promise to abide by our decision.

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Main Entry:abide

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Abide — A*bide , v. t. 1. To wait for; to be prepared for; to await; to watch for; as, I abide my time. I will abide the coming of my lord. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] Note: [[Obs.], with a personal object. [1913 Webster] Bonds and afflictions abide me.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abide — vt abode or abid·ed, abid·ing: to accept without objection abide by: to act or behave in accordance with or in obedience to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • abide — is now limited to two main meanings, and has lost many others over seven centuries of use along with several redundant inflections, including abode. The principal meaning ‘to bear, tolerate’ is now only used in negative contexts, usually with a… …   Modern English usage

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  • abide — ► VERB 1) (abide by) accept or observe (a rule or decision). 2) informal tolerate: he could not abide conflict. 3) (of a feeling or memory) endure. 4) archaic live; dwell. ORIGIN Old English, wait ; related to BIDE(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • abide — (v.) O.E. abidan, gebidan remain, wait, delay, remain behind, from ge completive prefix (denoting onward motion; see A (Cf. a ) (1)) + bidan bide, remain, wait, dwell (see BIDE (Cf. bide)). Originally intransitive (with genitive of the object: we …   Etymology dictionary

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  • abide — [ə bīd′] vi. abode [ə bōd′] or abided, abiding [ME abiden < OE ābīdan < ā , intens. + bīdan, BIDE] 1. to stand fast; remain; go on being 2. Archaic to stay; reside ( in or at) vt. 1. to await …   English World dictionary

  • abide by — index accede (concede), adhere (maintain loyalty), comply, concede, conform, defer (yield in judgment), fulfill …   Law dictionary

  • abide — 1 *stay, wait, remain, tarry, linger Analogous words: dwell, *reside, live, sojourn, lodge: *stick, cleave, cling, adhere Antonyms: depart Contrasted words: *go, leave, quit: *move, remove, shift …   New Dictionary of Synonyms