bid

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

Definition of bid (Entry 3 of 4)

twice a day

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 One student bid $100 on one student, according to a screenshot of the messages. Leah Asmelash, Ed Lavandera And Ashley Killough, CNN, "Group of Texas students disciplined after they pretended to auction Black classmates in social media group chat," 23 Apr. 2021 For the Artemis program, SpaceX bid its reusable Starship spacecraft, which is being designed to fly large numbers of people into deep space and land on celestial bodies as well as back on Earth. Washington Post, "Elon Musk’s SpaceX wins contract to develop spacecraft to land astronauts on the moon," 16 Apr. 2021 For the Artemis program, SpaceX bid its reusable Starship spacecraft, which is being designed to fly large numbers of people into deep space and land on celestial bodies as well as back on Earth. Author: Christian Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "Elon Musk’s SpaceX wins contract to develop spacecraft to land astronauts on the moon," 16 Apr. 2021 The bidder may bid in excess of the tax due to secure the lien. al, "2021 Jefferson County list of delinquent residential, business property taxes," 14 Apr. 2021 The apparent athletic director bid the erstwhile basketball coach a not-fond adieu. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc: UC basketball is a white-hot mess now and for the foreseeable future," 9 Apr. 2021 Ahead of season 29, ABC bid farewell to longtime cohosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews and brought on Tyra Banks as a solo host and executive producer. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How 'Dancing With the Stars' Is Changing Things Up for Season 30," 3 Apr. 2021 Anyone can bid on a tweet once there is an auction. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "What is an NFT? Artists weigh in on latest money-making craze," 3 Apr. 2021 Low bids for the jobs already bid out include $490,967 for Gates Mills Boulevard, with the city hoping to receive half the cost from the county, and $1.62 million for Worton Boulevard. cleveland, "Mayfield Heights Council committee recommends streets scheduled for 2021 resurfacing," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From the beginning of his unlikely presidential bid in 2020, the entrepreneur used his Twitter account less like a politician and more like a regular Joe — creating enough excitement that his online followers dubbed themselves the Yang Gang. Washington Post, "Andrew Yang explains his infamous dog tweet — and why he uses Twitter like the rest of us," 21 Apr. 2021 Kansas City Southern and Canadian Pacific were not immediately available for comment about the news of the Canadian National bid. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Two Canadian railroads launch bidding war for rare access to Mexico," 20 Apr. 2021 As Courage reaches the final lap of his bid for a third council term, however, his most formidable opponent is recycling the old District 9 playbook against Courage: branding him as a leftist radical out of step with his district. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia: North Side challenger brands councilman a 'socialist neighbor'," 17 Apr. 2021 Harris made curtailing gun violence a major theme of her White House bid, which came as a pleasant surprise to those who pursued tougher gun laws in Sacramento. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Kamala Harris was adamant about gun control on the campaign trail. The reality tells another story," 30 Mar. 2021 The special committee went back to Alden with an $18.25 per share counter proposal in the wake of the third-party bid, according to the filing. Robert Channick, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland businessman bids $650 million for all of Tribune, including The Baltimore Sun," 24 Mar. 2021 That, of course, was the year the Orange skidded into the tournament as a 10 seed, considered worthy of a bid by almost nobody but Boeheim, and went to the Final Four. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "No. 11 Syracuse upends No. 3 West Virginia in March Madness to advance to Sweet 16," 21 Mar. 2021 Ducey, who made border security a major talking point of his 2018 re-election bid, met privately with immigration and emergency management officials Wednesday. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, "As number of migrants at the border surges, Arizona Gov. Ducey plans trip to investigate," 19 Mar. 2021 The bids are public and a winner who backs out has to pay a penalty of 12% of the high bid. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, "140 acres in Marin County once owned by Genentech co-founder being sold at auction," 12 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bid. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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