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verb \ˈbid\

Simple Definition of bid

  • : 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

Full Definition of bid

bade play \ˈbad, ˈbād\ or bidbid·den play \ˈbi-dən\ or bid also badeplay bid·ding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a obsolete :  beseech, entreat b :  to issue an order to :  tell <did as I was bid> c :  to request to come :  invite

  3. 2 :  to give expression to <bade a tearful farewell>

  4. 3 a :  offer —usually used in the phrase to bid defiance b past and past part bid (1) :  to offer (a price) whether for payment or acceptance (2) :  to make a bid of or in (a suit at cards)

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to make a bid

bid·der noun
bid fair
  1. :  to seem likely <a movie that bids fair to become a big hit>

Examples of bid

  1. I'll bid $100 for the lamp but no higher.

  2. He plans to stop bidding if the bids go over $500.

  3. She bid for a desk and a chair.

  4. Several local companies are bidding for the same job.

  5. His company bid on the snow removal contract.

  6. He bid and I passed.

  7. We did as we were bid .

Origin of bid

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

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of bid

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>.




Simple Definition of bid

  • : 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

Full Definition of bid

  1. 1 a :  the act of one who bids b :  a statement of what one will give or take for something; especially :  an offer of a price c :  something offered as a bid

  2. 2 :  an opportunity to bid

  3. 3 :  invitation

  4. 4 a :  an announcement of what a cardplayer proposes to undertake b :  the amount of such a bid c :  a biddable bridge hand

  5. 5 :  an attempt or effort to win, achieve, or attract <a bid for reelection>

Examples of bid

  1. Bids for the painter's work have been quite high at recent auctions.

  2. She had the highest bid.

  3. He made a bid of $100 for the painting.

  4. He made the opening bid.

  5. The company is accepting bids for the renovation project.


First Known Use of bid





Definition of bid

  1. twice a day

Origin of bid

Latin bis in die



Definition of BID

  1. bachelor of industrial design

Medical Dictionary



Medical Definition of bid

  1. twice a day—used in writing prescriptions

Origin of bid

Latin bis in die

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