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bid

noun

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(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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bid

verb

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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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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

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

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“Bid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bid. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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