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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Fallout Bayer has struggled with share-price losses since first bidding for Monsanto. Ruth Bender, WSJ, "Bayer Pursued Monsanto Despite Weedkiller Suits and Executive’s Concern," 25 Nov. 2018 So if SpaceX bid the BFR, that is one possible explanation for no award. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The military chooses which rockets it wants built for the next decade," 10 Oct. 2018 That was the company’s proprietary and automated digital auction system that let advertisers instantaneously bid on top sponsored spots on its search results page every single time a user typed in a selection of keywords into the search bar. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world," 5 Sep. 2018 Yet, even as the sun began to rise, the festivities were far from over, as guests gathered the next day at the historic 3-acre Barton Springs pool before bidding au revoir. Andrew Bevan, Vogue, "Erin Wasson and Barth Tassy Combined Their Texas and French Riviera Roots With a “Ranch Tropez” Wedding in Austin," 14 Aug. 2018 But then Google planned to bid on another Pentagon contract, known as JEDI, which involved building cloud storage for military data. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Why thousands of Google employees are protesting across the world," 1 Nov. 2018 At the industry’s closest thing to league meetings—an annual gathering of power-players in Sun Valley, Idaho—the biggest storyline is Disney and Comcast’s bidding war for a large chunk of Fox’s movie and entertainment assets. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Five Potential Buyers for Fox's 22 Regional Sports Networks," 12 July 2018 Numerous cities across the country declined to bid on the convention. Steve Harrison And Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "As more Democrats question RNC, chances rise for Charlotte City Council to reject event," 5 July 2018 Rather than using Ceres, Bergeron or AshBritt, state officials quietly sent notices to a handful of companies, inviting them to bid on a new emergency contract. Jim Defede, miamiherald, "'Millions of dollars of wasteful spending.' A look at Gov. Scott's post-Irma debris deals," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: Ron Edmonds/Associated Press Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had sent his forces into neighboring Kuwait in a bid to annex it in August 1990. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "The Courage of George H.W. Bush: Avoiding the Easy Path," 3 Dec. 2018 General Motors will stop production at five factories in the U.S. and Canada next year, cutting more than 14,000 blue-collar and salaried jobs in a bid to trim costs. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Google spends $1 billion on a 52-acre office park in space-constrained Silicon Valley," 27 Nov. 2018 After all, Walmart bought retail site Jet.com for $3.3 billion in a bid to bolster its e-commerce offerings and counter Amazon’s rise. Patrick Sisson, Vox, "In Walmart’s virtual reality simulation, Black Friday never ends," 15 Nov. 2018 SpaceX has Federal Communications Commission approval to launch 4,425 low-Earth orbit satellites between 2019 and 2027 in a bid to compete against cable and fiber ISPs and to bring broadband to unserved and underserved areas. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk went on firing spree over slow satellite broadband progress," 31 Oct. 2018 The unconventional tech is designed to soften up enemy defenses with precision strikes before Japanese marines hit the beach, in a bid to help the country take back territory seized by potential adversaries in the future. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Developing a Unique Supersonic Glide Weapon," 16 Oct. 2018 This was a reference to reports that Kerry was meeting with foreign officials in a bid to salvage the pact. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Trump vows to withdraw from Iran nuclear agreement, calls pact ‘defective at its core’," 2 Oct. 2018 In 2015, Tinley Park planned to pay the state what was then an asking price of $4.16 million for the property in a bid to gain greater control over what might be built there, then backed away from that idea. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "3 firms compete to develop state-owned site in Tinley Park," 13 July 2018 The telecommunications company has declared changes are coming for the network in a bid to increase subscriptions. John Koblin, New York Times, "Emmy Nominations 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix Lead the Way," 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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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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