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bid

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of bid

  1. 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 Synonyms of bid assay [archaic], bash [chiefly British], attempt, crack, endeavor, essay, fling, go, offer, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whack, whirlWords Related to bid striving, struggle, throes, undertaking; trial and error


bid

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of bid

  1. 1 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority the servants were expected to do exactly as they were bidden Synonyms of bid adjure, command, boss (around), charge, direct, enjoin, instruct, order, tellWords Related to bid ask, petition, request; beg, beseech, entreat; advise, counsel, warn; appoint, assign, authorize, commission; oversee, superintend, supervise; conduct, control, lead, manage; coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige, requireNear Antonyms of bid comply (with), follow, keep, observeAntonyms of bid mind, obey

  2. 2 to request the presence or participation of as company president, I bid you all to come to our annual holiday party! Synonyms of bid ask, inviteWords Related to bid solicit; beckon, call, summon

Synonym Discussion of 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 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

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