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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Instead of bidding Ducky goodbye, Gibbs, Vance (Rocky Carroll), and Sloane (Maria Bello) led Ducky down to a room. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Just Dropped a Major Bombshell About Ducky's Future," 27 Mar. 2019 Huawei pressed ahead with its global push, biding its time with the U.S. Ms. Meng was central to Huawei’s modernization efforts. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "The Public Face of Huawei’s Global Fight," 19 Jan. 2019 Nearly seven years after the controversy, Isaiah returned to the Shonda Rhimes' drama to reprise his role — just as the series was getting ready to bid farewell to Sandra (by 2014, T.R. had already left the show). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story of Why Isaiah Washington Left 'Grey's Anatomy' and Dr. Burke Behind," 2 May 2019 To learn more or bid in the auction, visit charitybuzz.com. Southern Living, "You Can Now Bid on a Photo Shoot with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Photographer," 22 June 2018 Arconado joined the two-touchdown club on the second to final play of practice when Tinsley rolled out to his left, bided his time and then fired to the inside receiver in the end zone for a 9-yard score. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "WSU football camp | Cougars’ quarterback battle down to three men? Not quite yet.," 7 Aug. 2018 Hollywood officials will put the project back out to bid and are expected to bring a new plan to commissioners in September. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Lifeguard stands can be iconic. But are they worth $190,000 each?," 6 July 2018 But all those jokes presume there's a viable roadmap beyond biding your time through three or four horrible seasons and hoping to fall into the perfect superstars at the perfect time. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The NBA Draft and the Impossible Standards of the Warriors Era," 20 June 2018 Osen bided his time near the back for much of the race and began methodically moving up late. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Georgia wins, records fall, the Oregon Ducks barely register in NCAA men's track," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The measures are expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks and months as part of a bid to increase pressure on the Caracas regime. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "U.S. Prepares Charges, Sanctions Over Venezuela’s Food-Aid Program," 21 May 2019 Pricing is not confirmed at this point; police departments and government agencies generally take bids from dealers to provide the vehicles. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid AWD Saves Fuel, Hauls Ass," 17 May 2019 About Men from the Mayflower Madam, which was also a bid to help pay the bills. Glynnis Macnicol, Town & Country, "The Reinvention of Sydney Biddle Barrows: The Mayflower Madame Has Some Advice," 17 Apr. 2019 In 2014, as part of a bid to court millennials, the company created the much-celebrated #MyCalvins Instagram campaign for its intimates line, and cast big names like Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 Artcurial, an international auction house based in Paris, will be accepting bids on a true piece of history. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Make This Piece Of The Eiffel Tower A Part Of Your Home For $45K," 21 Nov. 2018 In the piece, writer Joanna Weiss looks at how the fact that Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is unwed could affect his bid for the Oval Office. Michelle Garcia, Glamour, "The First Lady Has a Huge Job. It’s Time She Had a Salary to Match," 3 Apr. 2019 The winner of last year’s WNIT Tournament, Indiana was helped in its bid for an NCAA berth this season by a victory over No. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Ionescu has a triple-double and Oregon downs Indiana 91-68," 24 Mar. 2019 A year later, a record number of women announced their bids for political office, according to the Washington Post. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Women's March 2019: Everything You Need to Know," 9 Jan. 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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