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

SYNONYMS FOR bid

Related forms

bid·der, noun

Can be confused

bidder bitter
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British Dictionary definitions for bid in (1 of 2)

bid in


verb

(adverb) (in an auction) to outbid all previous offers for (one's own property) to retain ownership or increase the final selling price

British Dictionary definitions for bid in (2 of 2)

bid

/ (bɪd) /

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

noun

See also bid in, bid up

Derived Forms

bidder, noun

Word Origin for bid

Old English biddan; related to German bitten
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