- a simple past tense of bid1.
- 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
Synonyms for bidSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
- past participle of bide.
Related Words for badetender, propose, submit, wish, invite, solicit, venture, render, present, proffer, call, tell, greet, desire, warn, require, demand, request, instruct, direct
Examples from the Web for bade
Contemporary Examples of bade
Yanukovych bade them farewell and relinquished his right to state guards.Where in the World Is Yanukovych?
February 25, 2014
I did as she bade me, and left her there when the maid came in.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Historical Examples of bade
He lifted Dennet on his shoulder, and bade her wave her parchment.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
When she got out of the car, she bade him good-night and good-bye.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Yates bade good-by to the commander, and walked with his friend out of the camp.In the Midst of Alarms
He bade me hope that Oalava might yet be mine in spite of my poverty.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
But Telephassa bade him remain there, and be happy, if his own heart would let him.Tanglewood Tales
- past tense of bid
- (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 for bid
Old English bæd, past tense of bid (v.).
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.