Context Sentence:
The way I see it, the BBC, when it is speaking directly to the viewer through an announcer or if the sript is written before it is read, does have a responsiblity to abide by conventional English.

‘It’s not the BBC’s job to change our language’ by Lynne Truss The Times 19/10/05

Definition: v.
1) with can/ could, in negative sentences or questions, tolerante( sb/sth); endure; bear
2) abide by sth; be faithful to promise; act in accordance with sth.
e.g.: abide by agreement, verdict, ruling, etc
You'll have to abide by( i.e. accept) the referee's decision.

Here are some more examples of 'abide by' - notice what sort of things are involved:

I/We wish to join the Campaign for Real Ale Limited, and agree to abide by the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Campaign.

Why do they make laws to abide by if they can't abide by them?

A further recommendation is for the setting up of an independent body of journalists that would abide by an agreed code of conduct.

The union had made an agreement and it would abide by it.

We have raised it through the United Nations, and we see the United Nations as the primary focus for encouraging a much wider group of countries to sign the treaty and abide by it.

Hopes of a settlement had emerged after Li was quoted, in an interview in Beijing on Dec. 4, as saying that China would seek" mutual accommodation", and that" pending a resolution of the border issue, both sides should abide by the border lines under actual control".

Mr Major insisted that the Government would abide by normal parliamentary procedures.