abide

Abide means "to be able to live with or put up with." If you can't abide with something, it means you can't stand it. If you can abide it, it means you can live with it.

An old definition of abide is "to live" — think of abode, as in "dwelling." If you abide by the rules, it means you live with them, and you will follow them. If you can't abide your sister's shrill violin playing, it means you can't live with it, you can't be in the house when she's practicing. You abide something you don't like, like your teacher's long stories about math. It's not a pleasant experience, but what choice do you have?

Definitions of abide
  1. verb
    dwell
    synonyms: bide, stay
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    types:
    visit
    stay with as a guest
    outstay, overstay
    stay too long
    type of:
    continue, remain, stay, stay on
    continue in a place, position, or situation
  2. verb
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    synonyms: bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate
    suffer
    experience (emotional) pain
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    accept, live with, swallow
    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    hold still for, stand for
    tolerate or bear
    bear up
    endure cheerfully
    take lying down
    suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
    take a joke
    listen to a joke at one's own expense
    sit out
    endure to the end
    pay
    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
    get one's lumps, take one's lumps
    suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
    type of:
    allow, countenance, let, permit
    consent to, give permission
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