verb (used with object), bade or (Archaic) bad for 1, 2, 5 or bid for 3, 4; bid·den or bid for 1, 2, 5 or bid for 3, 4; bid·ding.
verb (used without object), bade or (Archaic) bad for 6 or bid for 7; bid·den or bid for 6 or bid for 7; bid·ding.
- 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.
Verb Phrases past and past participle bid, present participle bid·ding.
Idioms past bade or (Archaic) bad, past participle bid·den or bid, present participle bid·ding.
Origin of bid1
Definition for bid (2 of 5)
Definition for bid (3 of 5)
verb (used with object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
verb (used without object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
Origin of bide
Definition for bid (4 of 5)
Origin of b.i.d.
Definition for bid (5 of 5)
Examples from the Web for bid
He lost his bid for a fourth term to George Pataki that year.
Get ready to bid farewell to the spitfire Bobby Bottleservice and big booty player Ref Jeff.
Sen. Mary Landrieu did everything she could Monday night to salvage the shards of her bid for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.
Take the Cup away from Russia now, and we will have the time for countries to bid afresh for 2018.
Lohse rushes Sigma Alpha Epsilon, gets a bid, endures pledge term, and then submits to the dehumanizing rigors of Hell Night.
And now, Mr. Jason, your device being accomplished, I suppose I may bid you good-night?Sport Royal|Anthony Hope
Think sez I, I hope to gracious I haint made a coot of myself, and bid up too high.
His short stories were bid for by the magazines, and his prices climbed and climbed.Cap'n Warren's Wards|Joseph C. Lincoln
And now, accompanying this mysterious Zanoni, am I compelled to bid a short farewell to Naples.Zanoni|Edward Bulwer Lytton
Brutus sends Lucilius and Titinius to bid the commanders lodge their companies for the night, and then all come to him.The Rising of the Court|Henry Lawson
British Dictionary definitions for bid (1 of 3)
verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid, bidden or esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid
- 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
- the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
- a player's turn to make a bid
Word Origin for bid
British Dictionary definitions for bid (2 of 3)
abbreviation for (in prescriptions)
Word Origin for b.i.d.
British Dictionary definitions for bid (3 of 3)
verb bides, biding, bided, bode or bided
Word Origin for bide
Word Origin and History for bid (1 of 2)
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.
Word Origin and History for bid (1 of 2)
Old English bidan "to stay, continue, live, remain," also "to trust, rely" (cognate with Old Norse biða, Old Saxon bidan, Old Frisian bidia, Middle Dutch biden, Old High German bitan, Gothic beidan "to wait"), apparently from PIE *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of Old English biddan (see bid (v.)), the original sense of which was "to command," and "to trust" (cf. Greek peithein "to persuade," pistis "faith;" Latin fidere "to trust," foedus "compact, treaty," Old Church Slavonic beda "need"). Perhaps the sense evolved in prehistoric times through "endure," and "endure a wait," to "to wait." Preserved in Scotland and northern England, replaced elsewhere by abide in all senses except to bide one's time. Related: Bided; biding.