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Abide, (used only in the pres. and inf.) 1) intr. a) to stay for a time: “from far where I a.” Sonn. 27, 5. “wherever I a.” 45, 2. Compl. 83. Meas. IV, 2, 26. V, 252. V, 252 Merch. III, 4, 42. R3 IV, 2, 49. Tim. V, 1, 2. Mcb. III, 1, 140. IV, 2, 73. Ant. II, 2, 250. Cymb. IV, 2, 6. Per. III, 4, 14. Distinguished from to stay, as indicating a transient residence: “they cherish it to make it stay there, and yet it will no more but a.” Wint. IV, 3, 99.
b) to remain, not to depart: “sorrow --s and happiness takes his leave,” Ado I, 1, 102. “our separation so --s and flies,” Ant. I, 3, 102. “shall I a. in this dull world?” IV, 15, 60.
c) to continue in a state: “blood untainted still doth red a.” Lucr. 1749. “the king, his brother and yours, a. all three distracted,” Tp. V, 12.
d) to dwell, to be inherent, as a gift or quality: none (comfort) “--s with me,” H6B II, 4, 88. “less spirit to curse --s in me,” R3 IV, 4, 197.
e) to stand one's ground, not to flinch or fly: “small lights are soon blown out, huge fires a.” Lucr. 647. “wilt thou not a.?” Troil. V, 6, 30.
2) trans. a) to await (cf. Stay): “a. the change of time,” Cymb. II, 4, 4.
b) to endure, to undergo, to suffer: “where thou with patience must my will a.” Lucr. 486. “to a. thy kingly doom,” R2 V, 6, 23. H6C I, 4, 29. II, 5, 75. IV, 3, 58. Cymb. I, 1, 89. Oftener with a negative, == not to bear, not to endure: “a rotten case --s no handling,” H4B IV, 1, 161. “would not a. looking on,” H5 V, 2, 338. Especially after cannot and could not: which good natures could not a. to be with, Tp. 1, 2, 1, 2 “I cannot a. the smell of hot meat,” Wiv. I, 1. Wiv. I, 1 Wiv. I, 1 IV, 2, 87. Meas. III, 2, 36. Mids. III, 1, 12. Merch. IV, 1, 54. H4B II, 4, 117. III, 2, 215. H5 II, 3, 35.
c) to meet in combat, to stand, to defy “a. me if thou darest,” Mids. III, 2, 422. “to a. a field,” H4B II, 3, 36. “will a. it with a prince's courage,” Cymb. III, 4, 186.
d) to answer for, to stand the consequences of: “lest thou a. it dear,” Mids. III, 2, 175 (Q1 aby). “let no man a. this deed, but we the doers,” Caes. III, 1, 94. “some will dear a. it,” III, 2, 119.
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