Nearby words

  1. bicycle race,
  2. bicycle racing,
  3. bicyclic,
  4. bicyclic terpene,
  5. bicyclist,
  6. bid adieu,
  7. bid in,
  8. bid price,
  9. bid up,
  10. bid-up

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

bid

2
[ bid ]
/ bɪd /

verb Archaic.

past participle of bide.

bide

[ bahyd ]
/ baɪd /

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for bid

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 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

/ (baɪd) /

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
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Medicine definitions for bid

b.i.d.

abbr.

bis in die (twice a day)

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