Synonyms of bid

(Entry 1 of 2)

an effort to do or accomplish something
  • a dramatic film that is widely regarded as the comedian's last-ditch bid to be taken seriously as an actor

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Synonyms & Antonyms of bid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority
  • the servants were expected to do exactly as they were bidden

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2 to request the presence or participation of
  • as company president, I bid you all to come to our annual holiday party!

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How does the verb bid contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of bid are charge, command, direct, enjoin, instruct, and order. While all these words mean "to issue orders," bid suggests giving orders peremptorily (as to children or servants).

she bade him be seated

How do charge and enjoin relate to one another, in the sense of bid?

Charge adds to enjoin an implication of imposing as a duty or responsibility.

charged by the President with a secret mission

How are the words command and order related as synonyms of bid?

Both command and order imply authority and usually some degree of formality and impersonality; command stresses official exercise of authority.

a general commanding troops

How does the word direct relate to its synonym instruct, in the sense of bid?

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

When can enjoin be used instead of bid?

While the synonyms enjoin and bid are close in meaning, enjoin implies giving an order or direction authoritatively and urgently and often with admonition or solicitude.

a sign enjoining patrons to be quiet

When might order be a better fit than bid?

The words order and bid can be used in similar contexts, but order may suggest peremptory or arbitrary exercise.

ordered his employees about like slaves

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

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“Bid.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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