Can anybody give me a single word meaning to abide in a place for long time?

I'm thinking in the context of "to remain in prison" (or elsewhere, against one's will).

  • Did you consider to reside or to inhabit ? Commented May 1, 2011 at 6:45
  • @nicholas, I'm rotting here.
    – Pacerier
    Commented May 23, 2015 at 14:16

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"Languish" seems to be a popular word to evoke that incarceration feeling.

  • "Languish" does indeed imply incarceration and/or time-wasting, but why do you say "that incarceration feeling"? OP doesn't mention any such, and to my mind the word abide has overtones of (pleasant) time well (or restfully) spent. Who ever abided in a dungeon? Commented May 2, 2011 at 0:45
  • @FumbleFingers - See OP's comment here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/23375/…
    – WAF
    Commented May 2, 2011 at 1:02
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    oic. Well, OP should have either said that in the original question, or at least edited it in later. We're not all psychic, and some of us don't read every comment on every answer before chipping in. Commented May 2, 2011 at 1:12
  • @FumbleFingers - Agreed.
    – WAF
    Commented May 2, 2011 at 1:15
  • Every cloud has a silver lining. I will doubtless be awarded some new SE badge for altruism, having just done the donkey work for OP myself. Commented May 2, 2011 at 1:33

settle and dwell

have implications of a "permanent residence" - which might be a slightly longer time than what you're looking for.


What is the context in which you are using the word? Maybe 'linger' is the word.

  • well, to remain in prison or against someones will... Commented May 1, 2011 at 10:27
  • @nicholas: Abide sounds very voluntary to me. Commented May 1, 2011 at 15:26

Sojourn? As in "I am a sojourner like my forefathers"

  • OP specifically said "for a long time", but to sojourn usually implies the opposite. Including Psalm 39:12, where the prayer also says he's only a "guest" (i.e. - not a native or long-term resident). Commented May 2, 2011 at 0:40

Bound - "He was bound to this place by responsibility"


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