bid

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verb

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

transitive verb

1
a 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
2
a
: 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.
bidder noun

bid

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noun

1
a
: 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

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abbreviation (1)

twice a day

BID

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abbreviation (2)

bachelor of industrial design
Phrases
bid fair
: to seem likely
a movie that bids fair to become a big hit
Choose the Right Synonym for bid

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The Russian bid goodbye to Hocker, kissing him on each cheek and hugging him in gratitude. Dan De Luce, NBC News, 4 July 2024 By the time the authority bid the project out, the lowest offer was for $116 million, more than twice the original estimate. Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun, 3 July 2024
Noun
Thirteen people submitted their bids by the deadline Friday and will now dash toward an Aug. 6 special primary election and a Nov. 5 special general election. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, 6 July 2024 Of the fifty-one vice presidents in our nation’s history, nineteen have made a bid for the top job. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Stephen Henriques, TIME, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for bid 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Bid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bid. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bid

1 of 2 verb
bade ˈbad How to pronounce bid (audio) ˈbād How to pronounce bid (audio) or bid; bidden ˈbid-ᵊn How to pronounce bid (audio) or bid; bidding
1
a
: order entry 1 sense 2a, command
did as we were bidden
2
: to express to
bade me farewell
3
past and past participle bid : to make an offer for something (as at an auction)
bid $10 for a chair
bidder noun

bid

2 of 2 noun
1
: an offer to pay a certain sum for something or to perform certain work at a stated fee
2
: a turn or opportunity to bid
3
: invitation sense 2
received a bid to the state tournament
4
a
: an announcement of what a card player will try to win
b
: the amount of such a bid
5
: an attempt to win, achieve, or attract
made a strong bid for the job

Medical Definition

bid

abbreviation
twice a day
used in writing prescriptions
Etymology

Abbreviation

Latin bis in die

Legal Definition

bid

1 of 2 verb
bid; bidding

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
bidder noun

bid

2 of 2 noun
1
: the act of one who bids
2
a
: 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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