June 07, 2018
bide (verb)
\BYDE\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to wait or wait for
How do you use it?
"He was preeminently cunning, and could bide his time with a patience that was nothing less than primitive." (Jack London, _Call of the Wild_)
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Speaking of waiting, how long ago do you think "bide" became part of English?

We can hardly wait to tell you that "bide" is a very old word that goes back to around the year 1000. "Bide" traces back through Middle English to Old English "bidan," which had the same meaning as our word "bide." Other old languages had words akin to the Old English word. They include the Old High German word "bitan," which also meant "to wait." (Old High German is the old language that was used in southern and central Germany and is found in writings from before the year 1200.) "Bide" is also akin to the Latin word "fidere," which means "to trust," and to the Greek word "peithesthai," which means "to believe."
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