- to command; order; direct: to bid them depart.
- to express (a greeting, farewell, benediction, or wish): to bid good night.
- Commerce. to offer (a certain sum) as the price one will pay or charge: They bid $25,000 and got the contract.
- Cards. to enter a bid of (a given quantity or suit): to bid two no-trump.
- to summon by invitation; invite.
- to command; order; direct: I will do as you bid.
- to make a bid: She bid at the auction for the old chair.
- an act or instance of bidding.
- an offer to make a specified number of points or to take a specified number of tricks.
- the amount of such an offer.
- the turn of a person to bid.
- an invitation: a bid to join the club.
- an attempt to attain some goal or purpose: a bid for election.
- Also called bid price. Stock Exchange. the highest price a prospective buyer is willing to pay for a security at a given moment.
- bid in, Commerce. to overbid all offers for (property) at an auction in order to retain ownership.
- bid up, Commerce. to increase the market price of by increasing bids.
- bid fair. fair1(def 29).
Origin of bid1
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- past participle of bide.
Examples from the Web for bids
The successful World Cup bids of both Russia and Qatar have come under relentless scrutiny that has ultimately changed little.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
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The interview is a huge coup for NBC after years of bids and counter-offers for the first Pippa interview.Pippa: "My Normal and Sisterly" Relationship With Kate
June 27, 2014
Klitschko was retiring from the ring to concentrate on politics, where he had a 0-3 record in bids to become mayor of Kiev.Here's What It's Like to Fight Vitali Klitschko, Ukraine’s Revolutionary Champ
February 24, 2014
When a fine-quality Cuban rum came up for bids, Clinton realized the joke.Bill Clinton: Nelson Mandela Was 'The Only Free Man I Ever Knew'
February 18, 2014
Investment fund Fondo Strategico Italiano topped the bids with a $1.5 billion dollar offer.Miley Cyrus Named Both Best and Worst Dressed; 'Radiant Orchid' Named Pantone's Color of 2014
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December 5, 2013
Then turning to her son, "Who is the man that bids against me?"Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Say, whence is the voice that when anger is burning, Bids the whirl of the tempest to cease?Graded Poetry: Second Year
Don't hint any more neither; comes right out and bids for it.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
I'll tell each what the other bids, and we'll keep her jumpin'.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
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"Do as he bids," replied Johnson, who was always a strict disciplinarian.
- (often foll by for or against) to offer (an amount) in attempting to buy something, esp in competition with others as at an auction
- commerce to respond to an offer by a seller by stating (the more favourable terms) on which one is willing to make a purchase
- (tr) to say (a greeting, blessing, etc)to bid farewell
- to order; commanddo as you are bid!
- (intr usually foll by for) to attempt to attain power, etc
- (tr) to invite; ask kindlyshe bade him sit down
- bridge to declare in the auction before play how many tricks one expects to make
- bid defiance to resist boldly
- bid fair to seem probable
- an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction
- the price offered
- a statement by a buyer, in response to an offer by a seller, of the more favourable terms that would be acceptable
- the price or other terms so stated
- an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power
- the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
- a player's turn to make a bid
- short for bid price
Word Origin and History for bids
probably a merger of two old words: The sense in bid farewell is from Old English biddan "to ask, entreat, pray, beseech; order; beg" (class V strong verb, past tense bæd, past participle beden), from Proto-Germanic *bidjan "to pray, entreat" (cf. German bitten "to ask," attested from 8c.), which, according to Kluge and Watkins is from a PIE root *gwhedh- "to ask, pray" (see bead (n.)).
To bid at an auction, meanwhile, is from Old English beodan "offer, proclaim" (class II strong verb; past tense bead, p.p. boden), from Proto-Germanic *biudanan "to stretch out, reach out, offer, present," (cf. German bieten "to offer"), from PIE root *bh(e)udh- "to be aware, make aware" (cf. Sanskrit bodhati "is awake, is watchful, observes," buddhah "awakened, enlightened;" Old Church Slavonic bljudo "to observe;" Lithuanian budeti "to be awake;" Old Irish buide "contentment, thanks"). As a noun, 1788, from the verb.
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