Idioms past bade or (Archaic) bad, past participle bid·den or bid, present participle bid·ding.

    bid fair. fair1(def 29).

Origin of bid

1
before 900; Middle English bidden, Old English biddan to beg, ask; cognate with Old Frisian bidda, Old Saxon biddian, Old High German bittan (German bitten), Old Norse bithja, Gothic bidjan; all < Germanic *bid-ja- (< Indo-European *bhidh-) command, akin to Greek peíthein to persuade, inspire with trust, English bide
Related formsbid·der, noun
Can be confusedbidder bitter

Synonyms for bid

bid

2
[bid]

verb Archaic.

past participle of bide.

bide

[bahyd]

verb (used with object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.

Archaic. to endure; bear.
Obsolete. to encounter.

verb (used without object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.

to dwell; abide; wait; remain.

Origin of bide

before 900; Middle English biden, Old English bīdan; cognate with Old Frisian bīdia, Old Saxon bīdan, Old High German bītan, Old Norse bītha, Gothic beidan, Latin fīdere, Greek peíthesthai to trust, rely < Indo-European *bheidh-; the meaning apparently developed: have trust > endure > wait > abide > remain
Related formsbid·er, noun

Synonyms for bide

b.i.d.

(in prescriptions) twice a day.

Origin of b.i.d.

From the Latin word bis in diē

B.I.D.

Bachelor of Industrial Design.
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Examples from the Web for bid

Contemporary Examples of bid

Historical Examples of bid

  • At all events, he was left standing on the doorstone, and no one came to bid him enter.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Unless you do as I bid you, I will keep you in irons for the rest of the voyage!

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I am bound for my quarters, I came but to thank you for your goodness to me, and to bid you farewell.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • He bid me tell you so, when he went out, if I found you refractory.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • He, with an imperious air, bid me deserve his love, and I should be sure to have it.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson



British Dictionary definitions for bid

bid

verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid, bidden or esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 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

noun

  1. an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction
  2. the price offered
commerce
  1. a statement by a buyer, in response to an offer by a seller, of the more favourable terms that would be acceptable
  2. the price or other terms so stated
an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power
bridge
  1. the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
  2. a player's turn to make a bid
short for bid price
See also bid in, bid up
Derived Formsbidder, noun

Word Origin for bid

Old English biddan; related to German bitten

b.i.d.

abbreviation for (in prescriptions)

bis in die

Word Origin for b.i.d.

Latin: twice a day

bide

verb bides, biding, bided, bode or bided

(intr) archaic, or dialect to continue in a certain place or state; stay
(intr) archaic, or dialect to live; dwell
(tr) archaic, or dialect to tolerate; endure
bide a wee Scot to stay a little
bide by Scot to abide by
bide one's time to wait patiently for an opportunity
Often shortened to: (Scot) byde

Word Origin for bide

Old English bīdan; related to Old Norse bītha to wait, Gothic beidan, Old High German bītan
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Word Origin and History for 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.

bide

v.

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.

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Medicine definitions for bid

b.i.d.

abbr.

bis in die (twice a day)
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