\ ˈbid How to pronounce bid (audio) \
bade\ ˈbad How to pronounce bid (audio) , ˈbād How to pronounce bid (audio) \ or bid; bidden\ ˈbi-​dᵊn How to pronounce bid (audio) \ or bid also bade; bidding

Definition of bid

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1a 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
b : 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
2a : to issue an order to : tell did as I was bid
b : to request to come : invite were bidden to the wedding
c obsolete : beseech, entreat
3 : to give expression to bade a tearful farewell

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



Definition of bid (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : 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
b : something offered as a bid
c : the act of one who bids (see bid entry 1)
2 : an opportunity to bid It's your bid.
3 : an attempt or effort to win, achieve, or attract a bid for reelection
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 : invitation a bid to join the sorority
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.

Definition of bid (Entry 3 of 4)

twice a day

Definition of BID (Entry 4 of 4)

bachelor of industrial design

Other Words from bid


bidder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bid

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company last reviewed the garage in 2020 and recommended the repairs that were then bid in this contract. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 In the end, Jio’s 880.78 billion rupee bid alone almost met that target. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 In a healthy, competitive market with a robust supply of editors across several publishing houses, authors can generate higher offers by having publishers bid against one another. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2022 Competing with JetBlue's richer cash offer, the Spirit board and Frontier argue that antitrust regulators will block JetBlue from buying Spirit, making the JetBlue bid an illusory one. David Koenig,, 27 July 2022 The Seawolves finished 20-14 and were Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament runner-ups in 2019-20 and followed it up with a 15-9 record and a GNAC Tournament semifinals bid in 2021-22. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 As part of its inaugural event, the foundation conducted a silent auction where attendees bid for unique prizes. Chandler Engelbrecht, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2022 Before guests bid the night adieu, model and singer-songwriter Karen Elson surprised everyone with a special performance. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 11 July 2022 Potential buyers/developers would bid on the land knowing that any residential subdivision plan would be subject to voter approval of the rezoning in November, Hruby said. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 28 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Republicans, however, are campaigning to hold the 30th House District seat by supporting Rep. Donna Veach’s reelection bid. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 11 Aug. 2022 The contents of the bid proposals will remain confidential until a selection is made or the seven proposals are rejected, according to the request for proposals released by the city's redevelopment commission in March. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Aug. 2022 City Engineer Don Sheehy said bids were received from only three of the seven qualified bidders who took out bid specifications for the project. cleveland, 10 Aug. 2022 Ellison, a long-time Musk ally, pledged $1 billion toward Musk’s bid through his Lawrence J. Ellison Revocable Trust. Laura Smythe, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 The other unprecedented aspect of the federal investigation, Zelizer added, is Trump’s nascent but still unannounced bid to seek the presidency again in 2024. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 With less than 100 days until general election votes are tallied, former President Donald Trump's continued hints at a 2024 bid stand to energize Democratic voters in key elections. Rick Klein, ABC News, 8 Aug. 2022 That's among the several twists and turns that Musk's bid for the company has taken in the last four months. Rob Wile, NBC News, 6 Aug. 2022 During one last presentation at RNC offices in Washington, D.C, in March, the bipartisan nature of Milwaukee's bid was emphasized. Bill Glauber, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bid


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2c


1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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\ 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



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, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer



Medical Definition of bid

twice a day used in writing prescriptions

History and Etymology for bid

Latin bis in die


\ 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



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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