bid

verb
\ ˈbid \
bade\ ˈbad , ˈbād \ or bid; bidden\ ˈbi-​dᵊn \ 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

For years, congressional committees, the FBI, the National Security Agency, and others have flagged close ties between Huawei and the Chinese Communist Party, and the US even banned the company from bidding on government contracts. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The US government’s ongoing battle with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, explained," 11 Dec. 2018 Amazon may try to expand its live sports offering for Prime subscribers by bidding on 20 of Fox’s regional sports channels, according to a report from CNBC. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Amazon reportedly bidding on multiple Fox sports channels," 20 Nov. 2018 At Delta, frequent flyers can use miles to buy or bid on tickets to concerts and sporting events and vacation packages. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "The new way to use your airline miles: Bears tickets, fancy meals and a walk-on role in a movie," 10 July 2018 Eight Maryland farmers, led by Billy King, formed a syndicate with a farmer from South Carolina to bid on Milly’s calf. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering a time when Montgomery County was dairy — very dairy, indeed," 10 July 2018 Earlier this month, the district asked contractors to bid on a paint and plaster stabilization effort at 20 to 40 schools. Wendy Ruderman, Philly.com, "$15.7M for emergency Philly school repairs to be announced by Hite, Wolf on Friday," 29 June 2018 The nation is bidding a very public and formal farewell to the Rev. Billy Graham, whose remains are lying in honor at the U.S. Capitol. Jennifer Brett, AJC.com, "Rev. Billy Graham’s casket was built by prisoners," 1 Mar. 2018 After an 11-year run in the City of Angels, David and Victoria Beckham are bidding farewell to their epic Beverly Hills home. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "You Need To See The $33 Million Los Angeles Mansion David And Victoria Beckham Just Sold," 5 Oct. 2018 But Ronaldo missed it, with Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand holding his nerve, biding his time, and ultimately guessing correctly, moving to his left to hold onto the Real Madrid star’s tame effort. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Cristiano Ronaldo's missed penalty costs Portugal – and could haunt it forever," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Slimane’s bid—by repetition—was to train the eye on specifics. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 Investigators say Piazza consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered serious head and abdominal injuries the night of a pledge bid acceptance ceremony. Fox News, "Penn State frat member gets probation in pledge death case," 27 Sep. 2018 The bid solicitation documents keep in place a requirement for bidding companies to disclose financial information. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County releases new body camera bid request with broader specs," 6 July 2018 Iconic American retailers Sears and Kmart may officially close their doors for good after a potential takeover bid for parent company Sears Holdings reportedly failed today, Reuters revealed. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Sears and Kmart Stores May Liquidate After Latest Bankruptcy News," 8 Jan. 2019 On Monday, November 19, paperwork was filed with the California Secretary of State to open a campaign finance committee, citing a mayoral bid for Stevante Clark. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Stevante Clark is Running for Mayor of Sacramento," 3 Jan. 2019 Getty ImagesPaul Morigi Another day, another potential celebrity bid for president. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Angelina Jolie Hints That She Could Run for President in 2020," 28 Dec. 2018 But this bid for the mass market and the ensuing bigness of the brand necessarily left it without a prestige factor — an issue competitor Ralph Lauren has contended with as well. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 Sinclair Broadcasting, in conjunction with CVC Capital Partners, has reportedly made the only serious — but lowball — bid for all 22 networks. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Here’s what Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained to Congress," 12 Dec. 2018

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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 \
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 \
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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