bide

When you bide, you remain somewhere. You'd be wise to bide a while inside and wait for the rain to stop before you leave!

The verb bide is extremely old-fashioned, but you may be familiar with it from expressions like "bide your time" and businesses named "Bide-a-Wee." It comes from the Old English bidan, "to stay, continue, or remain." When you bide your time, you wait until a good opportunity comes up: "I'll bide my time until I find the perfect rescue dog." As for "bide-a-wee," that's a Scottish phrase meaning "stay a while."

Definitions of bide
  1. verb
    dwell
    synonyms: abide, 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
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