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 for To abide by
From 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.
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     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.
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              Let the damsel abide with us a few days. --Gen.
                                                    xxiv. 55.
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     3. To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to
        continue; to remain.
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              Let every man abide in the same calling. --1 Cor.
                                                    vii. 20.
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     To abide by.
        (a) To stand to; to adhere; to maintain.
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                  The poor fellow was obstinate enough to abide by
                  what he said at first.            --Fielding.
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        (b) To acquiesce; to conform to; as, to abide by a
            decision or an award.
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