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.

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

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 The sophisticated electronics and radar systems were crucial in Croatia’s decision to buy the F-16s from Israel instead of from the U.S. or Greece, which had also bid for the contract. Washington Post, "Croatia launches international bid to buy fighter squadron," 15 Jan. 2020 Under last year’s antitrust settlement with the European Union, Google agreed to let other companies bid for a place as the default search engine on Android phones in each of 31 countries. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Sony Won CES With a Car No One Will Ever Drive," 10 Jan. 2020 In 2015, during a daylong meeting at the Denver airport, US Olympic Committee board members chose Boston over Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 7 Jan. 2020 If 25 companies want to bid for participation, then a state agency should select the best five or six plans and let Medicare recipients choose among these few survivors. Michael Altman, STAT, "We ventured into the Medicare Part D drug plan forest — and got lost," 30 Dec. 2019 As fans re-watch all 10 seasons to prepare to bid their Friends farewell (for now), here are some of the biggest discrepancies to dissect. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Friends Is Leaving Netflix: The Most Glaring Gaffes to Catch Before It's Gone," 23 Dec. 2019 The managers were punished and so was the subsidiary: It was blacklisted for a year by the government and subject to more inspections, limits on bidding for public projects and restrictions on issuing bonds and shares. Bloomberg.com, "The Chinese Blacklist That Companies Pay $2,500-an-Hour to Avoid," 8 Dec. 2019 In 1989 Telefónica, Spain’s biggest telecoms firm, made its first incursion into Latin America by bidding for a Chilean counterpart, unleashing a flood of Spanish investment into the region in the 1990s known as la reconquista. The Economist, "Schumpeter The agonising dilemma of Spanish firms in Latin America," 5 Dec. 2019 When Paris successfully bid for the games, the accommodation offer in the French capital was a strong asset. Samuel Petrequin, chicagotribune.com, "Paris hoteliers angered by IOC sponsorship deal with Airbnb," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That could sow alarm in world markets while limiting global economic growth, potentially jeopardizing Mr. Trump’s re-election bid, as the logic goes. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Iran’s Grim Economy Limits Its Willingness to Confront the U.S.," 13 Jan. 2020 Challenging Petit’s bid for a third straight Copper Basin title is a field that includes three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey and Yukon Quest winners Aliy Zirkle and Brent Sass. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Petit takes early lead in frigid Copper Basin 300," 12 Jan. 2020 According to county documents, Sophia Johnson’s bid received the highest score — 81.6 points out of 100 — on an assessment completed by Dallas County and its largest partner in promoting the census, the city of Dallas. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "Dallas County awards $1.9 million contract for census outreach," 7 Jan. 2020 New England’s bid to play in a fourth consecutive Super Bowl ended on Saturday when running back Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans ground out a 20-13 victory over the Patriots in a Wild-Card Weekend playoff game. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Derrick Henry runs Titans past Patriots in NFL playoffs," 4 Jan. 2020 With Smiley’s bid thrown out, things are expected to move forward with a trial scheduled for February 10. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Unsealed Documents Reveal More Details In Tavis Smiley Sexual Harassment Investigation," 3 Jan. 2020 His second at 18:36 of the third period tied it 2-2 after his first at 1:30 ended goalie Aaron Dell’s shutout bid. Ross Mckeon, SFChronicle.com, "After building two-goal lead, Sharks fall to Kings in OT," 27 Dec. 2019 Even if the league decides to go bigger, Indy’s bid might be trailing others like Phoenix and Las Vegas, which has since burst on the scene. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Despite MLS doubts, Indy Eleven focuses to springboard off 2019 — 'our best year to date'," 23 Dec. 2019 Prosecutors allege that Parnas and Fruman ran money from Russia through their company, Global Energy Producers, and used it to make huge political donations to groups supporting Trump’s 2020 reelection bid. Michael Biesecker, Twin Cities, "Giuliani pals leveraged GOP access to seek Ukraine gas deal," 23 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of bid was before the 12th century

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18 Jan 2020

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“Bid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bidding. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for bid

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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