\ 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



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

Other Words from bid


bidder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bid

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first was Unilever’s failed £50 billion (then $68 billion) bid for GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer health care arm, known for its Sensodyne toothpaste. David Meyer, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2022 The company beat out three other distribution banners that bid for the movie, according to a source close to the production. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 23 Sep. 2022 That would be even more true for the multiple Japanese investors — almost all of whom would be unknown to fans here — exploring whether to bid for the Angels. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 Trendon Craig drove in Cook with a single and the ‘Birds bid for more was erased when Valdez, a pinch runner for Craig, was thrown out at the plate on a Wagner single. Randy Mcroberts, Baltimore Sun, 7 Sep. 2022 The Milwaukee Brewers broke out the bats to bid adieu to the Chicago Cubs for 2022 on Sunday afternoon. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2022 Bright spots in the market included Signify Health, which jumped 37.5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon would bid for the company. Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2022 Bright spots in the market included Signify Health, which jumped 32.4% after The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon would bid for the company. CBS News, 22 Aug. 2022 Numerous factors contributed to the deficit, Sellers said—most stemming from economic assumptions made when officials from the public and private sectors first bid for the games in 2015. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 15 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The five potential buyers upped the $15,000 starting price for the Hooper Island Lighthouse to the winning bid on Sept. 22 of $192,000. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 The bankrupt cryptocurrency broker and lender valued the bid at $1.42 billion, which included Voyager’s customer deposits, worth approximately $1.3 billion at current market prices, and other company assets. WSJ, 27 Sep. 2022 When all the offers were collected a month later, CVS came out with the top bid of $24 a share. Mario Aguilar, STAT, 26 Sep. 2022 Another grant application filed at the same time as the unsuccessful bid remains pending, so the failure does not close the door entirely on acquiring newly available federal grant dollars to replace a pair of bridges that predate World War II. Chris Lisinski,, 23 Sep. 2022 According to information presented to the board, Goslee submitted the low bid of the two the city received. Arkansas Online, 23 Sep. 2022 John, said the bid came in below the budget and will give the county an opportunity to do other necessary work at the building. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 The winning bid on another recent autographed copy of Wilson, produced for the Cleveland Guardians home opener in April, was valued at $6,700. cleveland, 16 Sep. 2022 These figures are a drop in the bucket compared to the current bid, which sits at $275,000 as of this writing. Frankie Cruz, Car and Driver, 14 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bid


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2c


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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\ 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



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, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer



Medical Definition of bid

twice a day used in writing prescriptions

History and Etymology for bid

Latin bis in die


\ 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



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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