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

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 : 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
b : something offered as a bid
c : the act of one who bids (see bid entry 1)
2 : an opportunity to bid It's your bid.
3 : an attempt or effort to win, achieve, or attract a bid for reelection
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 : invitation a bid to join the sorority
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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 The teaming means the festival has officially bid farewell to the Del Mar Racetrack and adjacent fairgrounds, KAABOO’s home since its inception in 2015. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: KAABOO takes final Del Mar bow: Was the festival rushing too fast to its new home at Petco Park?," 17 Sep. 2019 However, when the fireworks are over and the last of the hamburgers have been grilled, bid farewell to your compatriots and settle in for a night of Netflix. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "This Is Exactly How You Should Binge Stranger Things This Weekend," 5 July 2019 For the new facilities, bidding documents request properties that can accommodate up to 500 children, the AP reported. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Phoenix may get giant new housing facility for migrant children, feds say," 3 July 2019 In the weeks prior to the invasion, Greenhouse learned that KBR was being considered for a massive no-bid contract known as Restore Iraqi Oil, or RIO. CBS News, "Whistleblower exposes $7 billion no-bid Defense Department contract," 30 June 2019 President Donald Trump is set to kick off his 2020 reelection bid Tuesday with a major rally in Orlando, Florida. Leada Gore | [email protected], al.com, "President Trump Orlando rally: Watch 2020 announcement live here," 18 June 2019 Sleek websites — with names like Ace-MyHomework and EssayShark — have sprung up that allow people in developing countries to bid on and complete American homework assignments. Carlos Mureithi, New York Times, "Cheating, Inc.: How Writing Papers for American College Students Has Become a Lucrative Profession Overseas," 7 Sep. 2019 On Sunday, parishioners came from around Western Washington to bid Sartain farewell and see him off into archbishop emeritus status. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "New Catholic archbishop appointed to the Archdiocese of Seattle," 3 Sep. 2019 That, nor the fact that the trade conflict has repeatedly seen both sides attempt to negotiate before ending in acrimony and more tariffs and trade penalties, did not dim investors’ willingness to bid stocks higher. Washington Post, "US stocks rally on optimism for a US-China trade war thaw," 26 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun February 26 Hostile bids bring out the worst in people. Washington Post, "Barrick Swings Hard for Newmont - Maybe Too Hard," 18 Sep. 2019 Jackson ran Sanders’ 2018 Senate re-election campaign and was a senior adviser on the independent senator’s 2016 White House bid as well as the current campaign. Fox News, "Sanders shakes up campaign leadership in New Hampshire," 16 Sep. 2019 The project had originally been set to begin in March, but was put on hold when bids came in higher than expected. Caitlin Mullen, chicagotribune.com, "River Forest Library renovation starts," 16 Sep. 2019 From the pickup bed, a VanDerBrink assistant monitored an online portal to the auction where more than 900 bids competed with those in person. Aaron Calvin, USA TODAY, "A treasure trove of muscle cars: Iowa man sells nearly 100 vehicles after decades of collecting," 16 Sep. 2019 Alfred sacked quarterback Wyatt Adams three times on the Bruins’ final drive to stuff George Fox’s comeback bid. oregonlive, "No. 12 Linfield pulls away from Rowan in Wildcats’ football season opener: Oregon small colleges roundup," 15 Sep. 2019 Mr Mugabe’s widow and her family, whose bid for power sparked the coup, may finally be dispatched into political oblivion. The Economist, "Even in death, Robert Mugabe worries his successor," 14 Sep. 2019 Madison Academy denied Brewer’s bid for its first 3-0 start since 1980 – again. Daniel Boyette, al, "Avery Seaton’s 4 TDs lead Madison Academy past Brewer," 14 Sep. 2019 The timing of Trump's tweet, just days before Israel's election on Tuesday, appeared aimed at buttressing Netanyahu's bid to remain in power by showcasing his close ties to Trump. NBC News, "Trump brings up possible defense treaty that could boost Netanyahu's re-election bid," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bid

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2c

Noun

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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
How to pronounce BID (audio)

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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