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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Verb

bidder noun

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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 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 his team is also reconfiguring its salesroom in New York to allow for the eventual return of collectors to bid traditionally—in person. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Connor paid the other men a final visit to bid them farewell, and his departure shocked the group. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2021 And the Supreme Court unanimously rejected a hail-Mary bid to toss out the results anyways. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 8 July 2021 Two sources familiar with the sales arrangement told CNN that the purchaser of the artwork will be kept anonymous and neither Hunter Biden nor the public will have knowledge of who bid on or purchased the work. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 8 July 2021 These measurements create data and actionable insight so that materials can be more accurately bid out to determine the best contractor for the project. Kori Covrigaru, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Before guests bid the night adieu, Contomichalos gathered the group for one final toast. Ian Malone, Vogue, 28 June 2021 While his competitors bid O'Brien adieu, stars who sat in his hot seat or were inspired by him to pursue comedy gave the comedian his flowers on Instagram. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 25 June 2021 Finally, Will Ferrell — who appeared twice earlier in the week to send off O’Brien — returned yet again via Zoom to bid farewell one more time. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 25 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Records show the district used an obscure contract in Minnesota for a piggyback bid and split a nearly $1 million contract into two just under $500,000. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, 16 July 2021 Buying votes for a bid is an Olympic event in itself. New York Times, 15 July 2021 While some were holding out hope for a Trump 2024 bid, others believed that Trump would be reinstated by later this year or next. Sean-michael Pigeon, National Review, 12 July 2021 With so many key players coming back from injuries, San Francisco is widely expected to make a bid to reclaim the division throne Seattle sat atop by 2020's end. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 9 July 2021 Faulconer’s record on another matter may have derailed an earlier bid for governor. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2021 A month after her death, Aquino announced his run for presidency, saying his mother's supporters had urged him to make a bid and continue the fight started by his parents to promote democracy in the Philippines. Helen Regan And Chandler Thornton, CNN, 23 June 2021 Two-year-old Timothy Cho splashed about in the shallow water of the Patapsco River on a recent weekday morning, swinging a bucket in a bid to catch fish and tadpoles. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Two-year-old Timothy Cho splashed about in the shallow water of the Patapsco River on a recent weekday morning, swinging a bucket in a bid to catch fish and tadpoles swimming downstream. Bryn Stole, baltimoresun.com, 10 June 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 30 Jul. 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

bid

abbreviation

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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