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bid

verb
\ ˈbid \
bade\ ˈbad , ˈbād \ or bid; bidden\ ˈbi-​dᵊn \ 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

After an 11-year run in the City of Angels, David and Victoria Beckham are bidding farewell to their epic Beverly Hills home. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "You Need To See The $33 Million Los Angeles Mansion David And Victoria Beckham Just Sold," 5 Oct. 2018 But Ronaldo missed it, with Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand holding his nerve, biding his time, and ultimately guessing correctly, moving to his left to hold onto the Real Madrid star’s tame effort. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Cristiano Ronaldo's missed penalty costs Portugal – and could haunt it forever," 25 June 2018 Two brothers are washing dishes in America, and one is biding time in Hong Kong, kept there by the familiarity of a common language and congee vendors. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018 The world! – and someone who’s been biding my time in Indianapolis, waiting for someone to come along worthy of my literary gifts: Welcome to Indianapolis, young men. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Indianapolis Colts' 2018 NFL Draft class doesn't lack for confidence," 3 May 2018 The scheduling process for this interview is actually kind of backwards: The USCIS prioritizes more recent filings to discourage people from filing for asylum for fraudulent reasons and biding their time while the proceedings drag on. Aj Willingham, Cnn Design: India Hayes, CNN, "Applying for asylum in the US takes at least 3 months, 2 interviews and one big decision," 1 May 2018 So while the county bides its time, the immediate question becomes whether Gaspar has turned this into a breakout moment in her bid for Congress. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Gaspar tries to ride Trump's 'sanctuary' lawsuit into Congress," 20 Apr. 2018 Others said Navarro had bided his time, keeping his head down, persistently building his case. Washington Post, "Trump shuffle: Suddenly trade guru Navarro takes spotlight," 7 Mar. 2018 That’s territory still waiting to be explored, and Waight Keller, biding her time, knows it. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "How Technology Will Transform Tailoring," 5 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a bid to win over younger shoppers, Pottery Barn restrategized around small-space living. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 Big story tonight is council's vote to re-authorize Boulder to condemn Xcel's assets in a bid to create a city utility. David Roberts, Vox, "For the first time, a major US utility has committed to 100% clean energy," 5 Dec. 2018 At the state level, however, dozens of laws have been enacted in a bid to combat the national scourge of gun violence. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Do I Have to Vote? Here Are Some of the Scary Things That Could Happen If You Don't," 6 Nov. 2018 Cavill has played Superman since DC kicked off its latest bid for a movie universe with Man of Steel in 2013, followed by appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Henry Cavill is reportedly out as DC’s Superman," 12 Sep. 2018 Since joining the league in 2013, the Mountain West has been a one-bid league three of the past six years, never sending more than two teams. Michael Lycklama, idahostatesman, "She led Boise State to its first softball conference title this spring. Now she’s leaving.," 27 June 2018 An Arkansas court declined to weigh in Wednesday on whether several television stations should have been prohibited from airing a conservative group’s attack ad against a state Supreme Court justice during her re-election bid. Andrew Demillo, The Seattle Times, "Arkansas court dismisses appeal over ad attacking justice," 12 Dec. 2018 Walker lost his reelection bid — are DeGroot and others seeing a backlash too? Josh Dzieza, The Verge, "An interview with Reply All’s Sruthi Pinnamaneni," 6 Dec. 2018 Some cities have already added this step; in anticipation of its bid, Calgary plans to hold a vote on November 13. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Olympics try more city-friendly bid process: Will it work?," 8 Oct. 2018

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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

: 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 \
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 \
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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