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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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Usually a number of cities bid on hosting a political convention, and there are usually four finalists. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Mayor Lyles defends pursuit of Republican convention to skeptical fellow Democrats," 11 July 2018 Both the Walt Disney Company and Comcast have bid to buy most of Fox’s entertainment assets, including Sky and another growing international business, Star India, which would help increase their global reach. New York Times, "Comcast and Fox Engage in Bidding War for Control of Sky," 11 July 2018 Here's my in-depth post today fully explaining the Heat's salary cap predicament, when and how Miami can bid for top free agents again, and what the Heat is trying to do about this quandary. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Heat signs a sharp-shooter who has impressed everyone this summer," 10 July 2018 Wuzhou’s $300 million bonds due in September are now bid at 80% of face value, according to Thomson Reuters data. Manju Dalal, WSJ, "Chinese Developers Sit Out Wider Asian Rally," 10 July 2018 Los Alamitos thoroughbred review Marley’s Freedom bided her time until the stretch then proved much the best pushing past the talented Skye Diamonds to win the Grade 2 $200,000 Great Lady M. Stakes over 6 ½ furlongs for fillies and mares. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Los Alamitos dealing with small fields," 9 July 2018 Farrow, who has not bid on any work in nearly a year, has received about $2.6 million and has been on the board since 2010. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Concerns raised about contractors sitting on Detroit wrecking board," 9 July 2018 The Houston pipeline company’s vice president of public affairs, attending the annual livestock auction, bid $4,700 on champion ducks, chickens and rabbits to support the schoolchildren who raised them. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "Building pipeline support, one chicken, lamb and goat at a time," 5 July 2018 Senior quarterback Chris Raffin has bided his time, waiting behind Eric Mooney for his chance to run Huntley’s offense. Paul Johnson, Naperville Sun, "Ready for Raffin: Chris Raffin takes over at quarterback for Huntley in place of graduated Eric Mooney," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The figure bumped up to 32 last year, including the dozen educators in September, a month after Evers announced his gubernatorial bid and the GOP attacked him on this issue. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Teacher revocations spike under Tony Evers after GOP accuses him of being tardy on issue," 5 July 2018 The perennial candidate, who spent two years in federal prison for not paying his taxes, has been endorsed by the Republican Party in his bid for the state House in North Philly’s 181st District. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "Nancy Pelosi pals around with convicted tax dodger at Dems fundraiser in Philly," 13 July 2018 While Cynthia Nixon has had plenty of high-profile celebrity support in her bid to become New York’s next governor, Andrew Cuomo has mostly been relying on the backing of, well, the state Democratic Party machine. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "The Winklevoss Twins Are Reportedly Helping Host Cuomo’s Hamptons Fundraiser," 12 July 2018 The Freedom Caucus is known for tanking major pieces of legislation in their bid to make policy more conservative. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Meet the Democrat trying to unseat scandal-plagued Rep. Jim Jordan in his heavily Republican district," 11 July 2018 However, his play was big, earning him Big West Newcomer of the Year and first-team all-conference honors while leading the Aggies to their first NCAA Tournament bid in 2016-17. Noel Harris, sacbee, "How ex-UC Davis star Chima Moneke landed his first pro basketball contract," 5 July 2018 Comcast is reportedly negotiating with private equity firms as partners for a new Fox bid that could top $80 billion, with the outside firms defraying some of the massive borrowing that Comcast would take on to close a Fox deal. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Analyst: 'Comcast should force Disney to pay every penny they can to win'," 29 June 2018 The Capital Region Development Authority issued a request for additional bids later that month, but no one else expressed interest, Michael Freimuth, the group’s executive director, said. Jenna Carlesso, courant.com, "CRDA Receives One Bid For Purchase Of Hartford's Aging XL Center," 29 June 2018 So the city took the next lowest bid, which was from Copenhaver. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora ready to finish Benton Avenue work," 13 July 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

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

Noun

see bid entry 1

Abbreviation (1)

Latin bis in die

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Dictionary Entries near bid

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bicylindrical

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bidactyl

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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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