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.
Idioms about bid
bid fair. fair1 (def. 29).
- bid·der, noun
- bidder , bitter
Other definitions for bid (2 of 4)
past participle of bide.
Other definitions for b.i.d. (3 of 4)
(in prescriptions) twice a day.
Other definitions for B.I.D. (4 of 4)
Bachelor of Industrial Design.
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How to use bid in a sentence
Earlier this week, Huckabee ended his Fox News talk show so he could spend time mulling another bid for the Republican nomination.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner! | Olivia Nuzzi | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
Another crowd moved west in an apparent bid to block the Holland Tunnel.
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.
Here were the sources (in part) of the Po and of the Rhine, but I was rather in haste to bid the former good-bye.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Nor shall we do more hereafter if you do my pleasure now and give this Monsieur de Garnache the answer that I bid you.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Nor can he sell the property to himself, nor authorize any other person to bid and purchase for him either directly or indirectly.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The clerk went as he was bid, but stupified and stunned by the information he had received.
You had better go to him, Dolly, and bid him good bye, before he takes the team to the field.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
British Dictionary definitions for bid (1 of 2)
(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; command: do as you are bid!
(intr usually foll by for) to attempt to attain power, etc
(tr) to invite; ask kindly: she 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
- bidder, noun
British Dictionary definitions for b.i.d. (2 of 2)
bis in die
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