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 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 defianceThe 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

bid

noun

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

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Other Words from bid

Verb

bidder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bid

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Alfanso suggests putting all your charging cords in the kitchen, and setting a reminder for an hour before bedtime to plug in all your electronics and bid them adieu until the morning. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How to Sleep When the World Is Falling Apart," 17 May 2020 Not every quarterback will end up with a seat, and Rivers, 38 years old, may be out of luck after the Chargers bid him an unceremonious goodbye this past week. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Here is a rundown of where some big-name quarterbacks might land," 15 Feb. 2020 Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. Arkansas Online, "Cheers, tears, prayers for 2020: A new decade is ushered in," 1 Jan. 2020 Only around 10% of the money bid by institutions so far has come from non-Saudi investors, according to news reports. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "Saudi Aramco IPO Could be Overvalued by as much as 35%, Fund Managers Calculate," 2 Dec. 2019 As this practice escalated in recent years, colleges bid against each other for students by offering more generous scholarships. Robert Massa, The Conversation, "Here’s why colleges are being forced to close their doors - and what they can do to stay open," 7 Nov. 2019 That evening, the guests who were already on the island were bidden to dinner at the restaurant Le Grottelle, high above the fabled Villa Malaparte and the Arco Naturale. Vogue, "Magic in the Moonlight: Hamish Bowles Toasts Laura Sartori Rimini’s Birthday Over a Picture-Perfect Capri Weekend," 1 Oct. 2019 Empty cruise ships now sit among them, biding their time until passengers might once again fill their cabins. Enjoying this newsletter? Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Looking for the peak," 7 Apr. 2020 There’s old sports to watch, but nothin’ new, just biding my time. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Don Nelson riding out coronavirus storm in his Maui seaside castle," 1 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Abrams, who had just narrowly lost a gubernatorial bid in Georgia, in a race that was beset by controversies, had become one of the most visible and popular Democratic politicians in the country. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Why Stacey Abrams Would Like to Be Vice-President," 6 May 2020 The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce also assisted with the bid, but is not subject to public records law. Amelia Pak-harvey, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana will not have to release Indianapolis' bid for Amazon's HQ2. Here's why.," 5 May 2020 The bid for southern self-rule comes as the country finds itself on the brink of a possible virus outbreak. Maggie Michael, The Christian Science Monitor, "Separatist power grab throws Yemen's south into turmoil," 5 May 2020 Scott, who earned his Master's degree in Sports Administration, had a hand in helping the Bearcats to three NCAA Tournament appearances in his career (2019-20 NCAA Tournament was canceled, but UC was awarded the AAC bid). Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bearcats forward Trevon Scott graduates, adds Master's to AAC honors," 4 May 2020 Variety’s report that the power couple have partnered with JPMorgan Chase to raise capital for a bid on the franchise is certainly more sizzle than steak. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez owning the Mets? It's just a dream, though not an impossible one," 21 Apr. 2020 Sanders initially exceeded sky-high expectations about his ability to recreate the magic of his 2016 presidential bid, and even overcame a heart attack last October. Will Weissert, Anchorage Daily News, "Bernie Sanders drops his presidential bid, leaving Joe Biden as the likely Democratic nominee," 8 Apr. 2020 There was no immediate signal that Sanders was preparing to end his bid on Tuesday, leaving open the possibility of a messy slog through the primaries that stretch into June. Philip Elliott, Time, "Joe Biden's Win in Michigan Gives Him a Clear Path to the Democratic Nomination," 11 Mar. 2020 Shop for art and bid on artwork at the Cedarburg High School Field House March 14. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Art in the Burg, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bid

Verb

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

Noun

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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“Bid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bid. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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bid

verb
How to pronounce BID (audio)

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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