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bid

verb
\ ˈbid How to pronounce bid (audio) \
bade\ ˈbad How to pronounce bade (audio) , ˈbād How to pronounce bade (audio) \ or bid; bidden\ ˈbi-​dᵊn How to pronounce bidden (audio) \ or bid also bade; bidding

Definition of bid

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1a obsolete : beseech, entreat
b : to issue an order to : tell did as I was bid
c : to request to come : invite were bidden to the wedding
2 : to give expression to bade a tearful farewell
3a : offer usually used in the phrase to bid defiance The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown.— William Pitt

b past tense and past participle bid

(1) : to offer (a price) whether for payment or acceptance The contractor bid $10,000 less than his nearest competitor.
(2) card games : to make a bid (see bid entry 2 sense 4) of or in (a suit at cards) bid one spade

intransitive verb

: to make a bid (see bid entry 2) Several other companies bid on the job.
bid fair
: to seem likely a movie that bids fair to become a big hit

bid

noun

Definition of bid (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : the act of one who bids (see bid entry 1)
b : a statement of what one will give or take for something is now accepting bids for the renovation project especially : an offer of a price made a bid of $100 for the painting
c : something offered as a bid
2 : an opportunity to bid It's your bid.
3 : invitation a bid to join the sorority

4 card games

a : an announcement of what a cardplayer proposes to undertake
b : the amount of such a bid a 3-heart bid
c : a bridge hand on which one may reasonably bid
5 : an attempt or effort to win, achieve, or attract a bid for reelection
6 informal : a sentence or term of imprisonment : a stint in jail I did my first bid at seventeen for assault, robbery, and burglary in the first degree.— William Skeans, Jr.

bid

abbreviation (1)

Definition of bid (Entry 3 of 4)

twice a day

BID

abbreviation (2)

Definition of BID (Entry 4 of 4)

bachelor of industrial design

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Other Words from bid

Verb

bidder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bid

Synonyms: Verb

adjure, boss (around), charge, command, direct, enjoin, instruct, order, tell

Synonyms: Noun

assay [archaic], attempt, bash [chiefly British], crack, endeavor, essay, fling, go, offer, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whack, whirl

Antonyms: Verb

mind, obey

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Verb

command, order, bid, enjoin, direct, instruct, charge mean to issue orders. command and order imply authority and usually some degree of formality and impersonality. command stresses official exercise of authority. a general commanding troops order may suggest peremptory or arbitrary exercise. ordered his employees about like slaves bid suggests giving orders peremptorily (as to children or servants). she bade him be seated enjoin implies giving an order or direction authoritatively and urgently and often with admonition or solicitude. a sign enjoining patrons to be quiet direct and instruct both connote expectation of obedience and usually concern specific points of procedure or method, instruct sometimes implying greater explicitness or formality. directed her assistant to hold all calls the judge instructed the jury to ignore the remark charge adds to enjoin an implication of imposing as a duty or responsibility. charged by the President with a secret mission

Examples of bid in a Sentence

Verb

I'll bid $100 for the lamp but no higher. He plans to stop bidding if the bids go over $500. She bid for a desk and a chair. Several local companies are bidding for the same job. His company bid on the snow removal contract. He bid and I passed. We did as we were bid .

Noun

Bids for the painter's work have been quite high at recent auctions. She had the highest bid. He made a bid of $100 for the painting. He made the opening bid. The company is accepting bids for the renovation project.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Judi Jessup, an assistant to Fuentes, said the office could not ban Whalen from bidding on behalf of Indy Jax because neither he personally nor Indy Jax owed any back taxes. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Renters lived 'horrible.' Their landlord lived large. The government helped him do it.," 26 June 2019 In 2017, the region’s economic development agencies joined forces to bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Regional business council born out of experience bidding for Amazon headquarters," 25 June 2019 Cruz, bidding for his seventh All-Star game nod, is up against the Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez and the Rangers’ Hunter Pence. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins urge fans to vote for Bomba Ballot," 25 June 2019 Colorado is home to some wildly unique boutique hotels bidding for some attention. Brittany Anas, The Know, "Stay in a former jail, drive-in theater or goat lodge when visiting Colorado’s most unique hotels," 24 June 2019 Homeowners list their lawns with the service date requested, and the vetted companies bid for the work based on Google street views, aerial images and any other details the homeowner provides. Lee Roop | [email protected], al.com, "New service offers Huntsville lawn care booking by app," 12 June 2019 In bidding goodbye to one of the club's greatest ever players, Chelsea released a video on Twitter of Hazard's journey, from start to finish. SI.com, "Eden Hazard: An Emotional Farewell to a Chelsea Legend," 7 June 2019 This happens by bidding each round on available dice, which come in various colors. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Eight great board games we played at PAX Unplugged," 8 Dec. 2018 Australia has barred Huawei on security grounds from bidding for contracts in a national broadband network that is currently being rolled out Australia-wide. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Australia and Vanuatu to negotiate security treaty," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Arsenal have already had a £40m bid for Zaha turned down, with Crystal Palace looking for at least double that - especially after losing Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United. SI.com, "Alexandre Lacazette Targeted by La Liga Side as Arsenal Schedule Emergency Meeting," 2 July 2019 In 2016, Atlanta city officials solicited bids for a project to convert nine of the airport smoking rooms into cigar shops. Washington Post, "Atlanta OKs ban on smoking inside bars, restaurant, airport," 2 July 2019 Keep vendor relationships clean. Obtain three bids for all significant contracts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront: Transparency – Great for windows (HOA boards too)," 29 June 2019 The original contract between Broward County Schools and Gilbane Building Co. for renovations to Northeast High was signed in November 2016 after months of delays to seek bids for the project. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Delays likely to continue for Northeast High School renovations," 28 June 2019 A month later, two companies that lost the bid for the system complained that the process was unfair. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Around Town: Huntington Beach gets 6 new firefighters and paramedics," 28 June 2019 Biden is likely to try to pivot from an attack by a Democratic competitor to a conversation about the imperative to defeat Trump's bid for a second term. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Democratic debates: Four hours. 20 candidates. And a race, defined.," 26 June 2019 What began as a bid for a one-mile extension of the Riverwalk along the Connecticut River in Hartford morphed into an almost $3.2 million and four-year project, the first part of which is set to be completed next summer. Abigail Brone, courant.com, "Connecticut Riverwalk plans for extension to begin next year," 24 June 2019 Gideon will run in the Democratic primary against Betsy Sweet, a long-time progressive activist who lost a primary bid for governor last year. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Sara Gideon, speaker of the Maine House, to challenge Susan Collins," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of bid

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for bid

Verb and Noun

partly from Middle English bidden, from Old English biddan; akin to Old High German bitten to entreat, and perhaps to Sanskrit bādhate he presses; partly from Middle English beden to offer, command, from Old English bēodan; akin to Old High German biotan to offer, Greek pynthanesthai to examine, Sanskrit bodhi enlightenment

Abbreviation (1)

Latin bis in die

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bid

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to offer to pay (a particular amount of money) for something that is being sold : to make a bid at an auction
US : to offer to do work for a particular price
: to say how many points you are trying to win in a card game

bid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bid (Entry 2 of 2)

: an offer to pay a particular amount of money for something
: an offer to do a job for a particular price
: an attempt to win, get, or do something

bid

verb
\ ˈbid How to pronounce bid (audio) \
bade\ ˈbad \ or bid; bidden\ ˈbi-​dᵊn \ or bid; bidding

Kids Definition of bid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : order entry 1 sense 2, command Do as I bid you.
2 : to express to We bade our guests good-bye.
3 : to make an offer for something (as at an auction) I bid $25 for a painting.

Other Words from bid

bidder noun

bid

noun

Kids Definition of bid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an offer to pay a certain sum for something or to do certain work at a stated fee
2 : an attempt to win, achieve, or attract But that bid for glory was a failure.— Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer

Medical Definition of bid

twice a day used in writing prescriptions

History and Etymology for bid

Latin bis in die

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bid

verb
\ ˈbid How to pronounce bid (audio) \
bid; bidding

Legal Definition of bid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to offer (a price) for payment or acceptance

intransitive verb

: to make a bid : state what one will pay or take in payment

Other Words from bid

bidder noun

bid

noun

Legal Definition of bid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of one who bids
2a : a statement of what one will pay for something
b : a statement of what one (as a contractor) will charge for something (as supplies or labor)
3 : an opportunity to bid

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