bid

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

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

Celebrate your Japanese journey with your friends, and bid sayonara to the land of the rising sun. National Geographic, "Japan Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 The partial failure of the Chandrayaan-2 mission — an orbiter remains in operation — would delay the country’s bid to join an elite club of nations that have landed in one piece on the moon’s surface. New York Times, "India Loses Contact With Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander During Its Descent," 6 Sep. 2019 Fifteen candidates are in contention — seven pairs bidding to lead the party as a mixed-gender tandem, plus one vying to become sole leader. Washington Post, "Would-be German center-left leaders embark on stump tour," 5 Sep. 2019 This cycle, Maryland Congressman John Delaney announced his White House bid a record 1,194 days before election. Rachel Caufield, The Conversation, "How did the presidential campaign get to be so long?," 30 July 2019 This is the second time the project has been bid out. Allison Wood, cleveland.com, "Medina City Council delays awarding parking deck contract," 22 July 2019 This spurred a record label bidding war reaching more than $3 million, but Choppa decided to sign with independent distribution company UnitedMasters. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Here Are the Lyrics to NLE Choppa's 'Shotta Flow'," 17 July 2019 The former Rose Cup champion earned the host club bid this year. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "David Wood sails again for Balboa Yacht Club in Governor’s Cup," 17 July 2019 As companies look to lock down large-scale deals for original content, bidding over individual showrunners, directors, producers, and writers for exclusivity deals has become increasingly heated. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on a poor Q2 and the streaming wars: ‘Our position is excellent’," 17 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The implicit bid of the book is that exploring myopic white male monologuists, simmering with rage in the Midwest in the late 1990s, might shed light on today’s America. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "Boy, Uninterrupted," 10 Sep. 2019 Relinquishing power might, however, be a tough call for a politician who has spent so much time and energy, and provoked such much turmoil, in his successful bid to reach the top job in British politics. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "For Boris Johnson, Another Bad Day and Another Big Defeat in Parliament," 9 Sep. 2019 The minimum bid for the silent auction will be $4,000, said Cade. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Home & Garden Show features She Shed," 4 Sep. 2019 The initial bid from United Maintenance was for roughly $4.248 million for the first three years, with the two optional years being about $1.499 million and $1.530 million, respectively. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Airport officials change decision, award janitorial contract to incumbent," 30 Aug. 2019 The bids to reopen the ivory trade and, alternatively, eliminate any international sales of elephants and their parts for commercial use were reprisals of similar proposals three years ago at the last major CITES conference. National Geographic, "Elephant ivory trade talks heat up in Geneva," 23 Aug. 2019 Iraq sank the second term of George W. Bush and almost cost him his 2004 reelection bid. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "What Could Sink Trump’s Chances in 2020?," 22 Aug. 2019 The source said that Kasich wants to be a part of the conversation, although another presidential bid isn't likely. Katie Ross Dominick, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: John Kasich plans a visit to New Hampshire in September," 21 Aug. 2019 The bid for inclusivity is admirable, but also perhaps less than perfect in the approach. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "With beer, pizza and pastiche, Middle Brow brewery makes Bungalow brewpub feel like home," 21 Aug. 2019

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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

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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