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 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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There will almost certainly be good attendance for the last month of the season as Tim Howard bids his final goodbye to soccer. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Wins are fixing the Rapids’ serious attendance problem in Commerce City," 7 June 2019 Instead, Isabella kept a cool head and bided her time. National Geographic, "To seize power in Spain, Queen Isabella had to play it smart," 28 Mar. 2019 If commissioners approve, voters would decide on Nov. 6 whether to change the city's charter and allow what would be a no-bid deal to lease 73 acres at the Melreese site to the group. Tim Reynolds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Beckham's latest Miami stadium plan targets golf course," 4 July 2018 The real winners of the transportation-sharing game of the last five years haven't been Divvy but Uber and Lyft (both of which are reportedly bidding on Divvy's operator, Motivate). Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Divvy at 5: Chicago’s bike share is better than ever," 18 June 2018 The North America bid also had to overcome concerns about the impact of policies from the Trump administration, including attempts to implement a ban on travel by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. CBS News, "U.S., Mexico & Canada to jointly host 2026 World Cup," 13 June 2018 The North America bid also had to overcome concerns about the impact of policies from the Trump administration, including attempts to implement a ban on travel by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. Rob Harris And Graham Dunbar, The Christian Science Monitor, "US, Canada, Mexico win joint 2026 World Cup bid," 13 June 2018 Some have suggested that Amazon is seeking to create a situation where these three areas bid against each other. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Amazon’s Hostile Takeover," 25 Apr. 2018 Weary sun tenderly bid farewell to the sea, sang the crooner on the radio. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wolves," 2 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2016, Thomas tried to return to public office but came up short in his bid to be elected city comptroller, losing 51% to 48% to the incumbent, Martin Matson. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ex-Milwaukee County Supervisor Johnny Thomas charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, disorderly conduct," 19 June 2019 The rally is expected to serve as Trump’s official kick off for his 2020 reelection bid. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "President Trump Orlando rally: Watch 2020 announcement live here," 18 June 2019 As part of United's original player plus cash offer, it's been added by The Sun that defender Phil Jones was included alongside their £45m bid in an attempt to entice West Ham into a sale. SI.com, "West Ham Set £75m Price Tag for Issa Diop as Man Utd Player Offered in Exchange Deal Is Revealed," 18 June 2019 The trick for the president is to convince anyone who agrees with Carey — but didn't cast a vote for Trump last time around — to back his bid to hold on to the job. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump's worst enemy as he kicks off his re-election bid may be himself," 18 June 2019 Buzz60 The same day President Donald Trump is going to announce his 2020 reelection bid in Orlando, Florida, one of the main newspapers in the area calls on voters to not support the president's campaign. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, ""We have to do better": Orlando paper posts scathing editorial ahead of Trump's big visit," 18 June 2019 Gary Woodland denied Brooks Koepka's bold bid at history with two clutch shots and made U.S. Open memories of his own, starting with that silver trophy in his hands at Pebble Beach. Doug Ferguson, sun-sentinel.com, "Koepka just short of U.S. Open 3-peat as fellow Palm Beach County resident Woodland hangs on," 17 June 2019 Gary Woodland denied Brooks Koepka's bold bid at history and made U.S. Open memories of his own Sunday with two clutch shots, a birdie putt on the final hole and that silver trophy in his hands at Pebble Beach. Doug Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "Former college basketball player Gary Woodland holds off a surging Brooks Koepka to win the U.S. Open," 16 June 2019 Gary Woodland denied Brooks Koepka’s bold bid at history and made U.S. Open memories of his own Sunday with two clutch shots, a birdie putt on the final hole and that silver trophy in his hands at Pebble Beach. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, "Steady Woodland denies history with U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach for first major crown," 16 June 2019

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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 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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