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

Netflix has officially announced its latest batch of departures leaving the platform come August 2019, and as per usual, get ready to bid adieu to some beloved favorites. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Departures August 2019," 24 July 2019 The ballclub — which plans to bid adieu to WGN-9 and ABC-7 after this season in favor of Marquee Sports Network, its cable, satellite and streaming venture with Sinclair Broadcast Group — made its debut on over-the-air broadcast TV on July 13, 1946. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "The Cubs’ 1946 TV debut came nearly 3 months after their 1st telecast was supposed to air. So yeah, there were problems.," 13 July 2019 For the next four hours, a stream of people, as varied as Dr. John’s music, arrived to pay their respects and bid adieu to the beloved musician, who died in the early hours of June 6 from a heart attack at age 77. Hanna Krueger, nola.com, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019 Like most other colleges across the country, Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts, held classes through the end of this past spring semester and then bid farewell to cap-and-gown-wearing seniors. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The End of an American College," 18 June 2019 This summer is your chance to bid farewell to the last slice of that legendary Anchorage bar scene. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Farewell to the 'Follies’: Mr. Whitekeys says his shows are ending — for good, this time," 12 June 2019 Following the events, the Trumps were to bid farewell to the queen after a state visit which saw them spend significant time with her. CBS News, "Trump joins world leaders to mark 75th D-Day anniversary — live updates," 5 June 2019 Juventus are bidding for a mind-boggling ninth straight league title this year and Rabiot's presence in the ranks will only serve to highlight how could Juve are - and just how strong their squad is in comparison to the rest of the league. SI.com, "Adrien Rabiot: Why Juventus' Free Frenchman Is the Bargain Signing of the Summer," 28 July 2019 Charter and Altice were also reportedly bidding for the spectrum, but Dish became has become the winner for both the spectrum and the additional assets. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Justice Department approves T-Mobile and Sprint merger," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The board has rejected several previous bids to close the Stampede Corridor area. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "State rejects request for emergency wolf buffer next to Denali National Park," 15 Aug. 2019 The first season ended with the collapse of a takeover bid in which Kendall allied with Logan’s rivals to seize the company. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Second Season of “Succession” Digs Into the Characters’ Self-Loathing," 14 Aug. 2019 The story was first brought to light by The Cut in a November 2018 article, which Netflix also owns as part of the bid package. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "The New Jersey “Watcher” House Finally Sold—at a Loss of $500,000," 13 Aug. 2019 Doss’ bid for a roster spot is also juxtaposed against Brown’s return. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders on ‘Hard Knocks’: Focus on Antonio Brown - and his feet," 13 Aug. 2019 Brox Industries was awarded a bid to undertake the project, expected to begin in September and take about 45 days. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Beverly airport awarded $1.8 million for two initiatives," 13 Aug. 2019 When the auction for the hog began, bids quickly skyrocketed to $3,000, FOX8 reported. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Brothers Donate $11K to St. Jude’s Cancer Research After Auctioning Off Their 230-Pound Hog," 12 Aug. 2019 Three other mines in Wyoming and West Virginia owned by Blackjewel have been sold to Contura Energy, another company that had bid on Blackjewel’s assets. Time, "Protest by Kentucky Miners, Blocking Coal Train Tracks Over Wage Complaints, Now Enters its Third Week," 12 Aug. 2019 Grenier sought a bid last year to have Smith’s statue relocated to Lake County, which was granted by a state committee. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "Hundreds protest Confederate statue in Lake County: ‘It is dividing us’," 10 Aug. 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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