abide by

If you abide by something, you obey or comply with a rule. If you don't abide by the rules at school, you might find yourself in the principal's office.

To accept a rule or act according to a recommendation is to abide by them. If a judge makes a ruling, you have to abide by her decision. If your parents set a curfew, you'll get in trouble if you don't abide by it. This phrase comes from the verb abide, which today means "tolerate," although it originally meant "wait," from a root meaning "remain, wait, or dwell."

Definitions of abide by

v show respect towards

honor, honour, observe, respect
show a lack of respect for
celebrate, lionise, lionize
assign great social importance to
recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)
Type of:
consider or hold as true

v act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes

abide by the rules”
comply, follow
follow, stick to, stick with
keep to
adopt, espouse, follow
choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
accommodate, oblige
provide a service or favor for someone
toe the line
do what is expected
conform to
Type of:
be obedient to

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