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

attempt, 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

But the bids back then would have required companies bidding on the project to cover any cost overruns and operating losses from low ridership. Lawrence Mower, Caitlin Johnston And Steve Contorno, miamiherald, "Rick Scott announces potential high-speed rail linking Tampa and Orlando," 22 June 2018 Would-be buyers will bid on digital certificates using cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "How Much Bitcoin Would You Spend on a Warhol?," 13 June 2018 Enjoy music by The Chris Marolda Duo and bid on a variety of Connecticut products and experiences in the silent auction. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 12 June 2018 Lawn care providers can bid on the property, and homeowners choose one. Allison Kite, kansascity, "'Uber for lawn care' launches in Kansas City, connects homeowners and landscapers," 4 June 2018 Those with deeper pockets can bid at auction, and poorer folk still have a shot at winning the lottery. The Economist, "Why a licence plate costs more than a car in Shanghai," 19 Apr. 2018 Prospective buyers can bid on seven identical pieces of the original steel deck grating of the 60-year-old bridge on GovDeals.com. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "You can own a slice of the Mackinac Bridge," 12 Apr. 2018 Shoppers will bid on your gown and send money straight to your PayPal account. 2. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Ways to Sell Your Prom Dress and Make Major $$$," 16 Mar. 2018 From there, local lawn-care professionals can bid on the respective properties. Mark Glover, sacbee, "Need your yard mowed? 'Uber for lawn care' coming to Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The subdivision, already zoned R-2 from the previous bid, would’ve produced single-family homes in the 1,595-2,400-square-foot range and townhouses in the 1,597-1,800-square-foot range, said Randy Wyllie, attorney for CalAtlantic. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Traffic concerns put up new roadblock for planned 212-lot Crown Point subdivision," 13 July 2018 Trump, who was the primary beneficiary of Russian efforts to undermine Clinton’s presidential bid, has also shown no interest in holding the Kremlin to account. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Truth Without Consequences," 13 July 2018 Fox’s original bid for Sky valued it at 23 billion pounds. New York Times, "Comcast and Fox Engage in Bidding War for Control of Sky," 11 July 2018 Two firms submitted bids: Hensel Phelps and Gulf Building Inc. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale aquatics complex up for $27 million renovation," 10 July 2018 The administration’s opening bid, which would have produced a substantial reduction in legal immigration, is a nonstarter, but a similar proposal that maintained or increased legal immigration levels could be a sound step toward eventual agreement. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Americans Want an Immigration Deal," 10 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

Abbreviation

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

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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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