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Language: Old English
Origin: abidan, from bidan; BIDE



somebody can't abide somebody/something

used to say that someone dislikes something or someone very much:
I can't abide that man - he's so self-satisfied.
2 past tense abode [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] old use to live somewhere

abide by something

phrasal verb
to accept and obey a decision, rule, agreement etc, even though you may not agree with it:
You have to abide by the referee's decision.

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