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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.
  1. to command; order; direct: to bid them depart.

  2. to express (a greeting, farewell, benediction, or wish): to bid good night.

  1. Commerce. to offer (a certain sum) as the price one will pay or charge: They bid $25,000 and got the contract.

  2. Cards. to enter a bid of (a given quantity or suit): to bid two no-trump.

  3. to summon by invitation; invite.

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.
  1. to command; order; direct: I will do as you bid.

  2. to make a bid: She bid at the auction for the old chair.

  1. an act or instance of bidding.

  2. Cards.

    • 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.

  1. an invitation: a bid to join the club.

  2. an attempt to attain some goal or purpose: a bid for election.

  3. Also called bid price. Stock Exchange. the highest price a prospective buyer is willing to pay for a security at a given moment.

Verb Phrasespast and past participle bid,present participle bid·ding.
  1. bid in, Commerce. to overbid all offers for (property) at an auction in order to retain ownership.

  2. bid up, Commerce. to increase the market price of by increasing bids.

Idioms about bid

past bade or (Archaic) bad,past participle bid·den or bid,present participle bid·ding.
  1. bid fair. fair1 (def. 29).

Origin of bid

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

Other words for bid

Other words from bid

  • bid·der, noun

Words that may be confused with bid

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Other definitions for bid (2 of 4)

[ bid ]

  1. past participle of bide.

Other definitions for b.i.d. (3 of 4)


  1. (in prescriptions) twice a day.

Origin of b.i.d.

From Latin bis in diē

Other definitions for B.I.D. (4 of 4)


  1. Bachelor of Industrial Design. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bid in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bid (1 of 2)


/ (bɪd) /

verbbids, bidding, bad, bade, esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid, bidden or esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid
  1. (often foll by for or against) to offer (an amount) in attempting to buy something, esp in competition with others as at an auction

  2. commerce to respond to an offer by a seller by stating (the more favourable terms) on which one is willing to make a purchase

  1. (tr) to say (a greeting, blessing, etc): to bid farewell

  2. to order; command: do as you are bid!

  3. (intr usually foll by for) to attempt to attain power, etc

  4. (tr) to invite; ask kindly: she bade him sit down

  5. bridge to declare in the auction before play how many tricks one expects to make

  6. bid defiance to resist boldly

  7. bid fair to seem probable

    • an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction

    • the price offered

  1. commerce

    • 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

  1. an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power

  2. bridge

    • the number of tricks a player undertakes to make

    • a player's turn to make a bid

  3. short for bid price

Origin of bid

Old English biddan; related to German bitten

Derived forms of bid

  • bidder, noun

British Dictionary definitions for b.i.d. (2 of 2)


abbreviation for(in prescriptions)
  1. bis in die

Origin of b.i.d.

Latin: twice a day

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