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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 11th overall pick out of Florida in 1984 took advantage of the USFL’s bidding war with the NFL to sign a four-year contract worth $494,000 per year. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 54, Wilber Marshall," 14 July 2019 In the end, enough draft capital could allow the Heat to bid for 2021 free agents before 2021. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is Chris Paul an upgrade on Dragic, Winslow?," 14 July 2019 Also bidding for victory are Olympic gold medalists Scott Brash and Marcus Ehning and Paris Grand Prix champion Christian Ahlmann. CNN, "Global Champions Tour: Chantilly offers magical backdrop to spectacle," 11 July 2019 Rome, led by a Five Star Movement mayor, Virginia Raggi, decided to not bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Italy Is Chosen to Host 2026 Winter Olympics," 24 June 2019 The moves come as the Joint Office of Homeless Services completed a process that required nonprofit homeless services providers to bid for contracts. oregonlive.com, "Salvation Army homeless shelter closes in restructuring of Portland shelter system," 12 June 2019 The space agency said eight of the nine companies named in November chose to bid for these missions. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA picks three companies to attempt Moon landings in 2020 and 2021," 31 May 2019 Public-lands lease sales are quarterly auctions administered by the federal government’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) during which oil and gas developers bid for leases to drill on public lands. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "Activists Protest Bureau of Land Management Leasing That Allow Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands," 15 Apr. 2019 City’s title defense — and bid for a quadruple — remained on track with a 2-0 victory over Fulham, which could follow Huddersfield by being relegated in the coming week. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Huddersfield experiences joint earliest relegation from EPL," 30 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Series star Emilia Clarke’s decision to seek a best actress nomination after a series of supporting actress bids paid off. Washington Post, "‘Game of Thrones’ reigns with record 32 Emmy nominations," 17 July 2019 Or Trump could order the Treasury Department to sell dollars in a bid to lower their value. Matt Egan, CNN, "How Trump could kick off a currency war," 15 July 2019 The annual shopping holiday exclusively for Prime subscribers dangles deals in a bid to boost sales over the summer — but also to convince more shoppers to sign up for Prime membership. Sarah Min, CBS News, "America's new majority: More than half of U.S. households will be Prime members in 2019," 12 July 2019 Haruhiko Kuroda, head of the Bank of Japan, has pulled out all stops to reignite the country’s economy, cutting rates into negative territory and buying government debt and stocks in a bid to bolster markets and stoke confidence. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Global Recession Risks Are Up, and Central Banks Aren’t Ready," 9 July 2019 Instead of letting Kevin Durant leave for nothing, the Warriors orchestrated a complex, stunning move in a bid to keep the franchise relevant. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why the Warriors gave up so much to land D’Angelo Russell," 2 July 2019 Over the weekend, Marvel and parent company Disney rereleased Avengers: Endgame with 18 seconds of additional footage in a bid to pass James Cameron's blockbuster, which stands as the top-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Avengers: Endgame' Won't Overtake 'Avatar' for Now," 30 June 2019 In a bid to promote its green stewardship, the brewery also uses upcycled, recycled, and repurposed décor for over 70% of its furnishings. Pomerado News, "Local brewery named Small Business of the Year," 27 June 2019 To hack their accounts in a bid to extort them for nude selfies. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "How to Catch a Cyber Sextortionist," 25 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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