The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Abide \A*bide"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Abode, formerly Abid;
p. pr. & vb. n. Abiding.] [AS. [=a]b[imac]dan; pref. [=a]-
(cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + b[imac]dan to
bide. See Bide.]
1. To wait; to pause; to delay. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
2. To stay; to continue in a place; to have one's abode; to
dwell; to sojourn; -- with with before a person, and
commonly with at or in before a place.
Let the damsel abide with us a few days. --Gen.
3. To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to
continue; to remain.
Let every man abide in the same calling. --1 Cor.
[1913 Webster] Followed by by:
To abide by.
(a) To stand to; to adhere; to maintain.
The poor fellow was obstinate enough to abide by
what he said at first. --Fielding.
(b) To acquiesce; to conform to; as, to abide by a
decision or an award.