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.
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.
- 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.
Verb Phrases past and past participle bid, present participle bid·ding.
Origin of bid1
Synonyms for bid
Related Words for biddentender, propose, submit, wish, invite, solicit, venture, render, present, proffer, call, tell, greet, desire, warn, require, demand, request, instruct, direct
Examples from the Web for bidden
Historical Examples of bidden
Robert drew a jackknife from his pocket, and did as he was bidden.Brave and Bold
Johnny stared, opened his mouth to speak, then wisely closed it and did as he was bidden.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
May this flower keep a sweet smell, long after I have bidden you good by.The Sister Years (From "Twice Told Tales")
Having stabled the horses as I was bidden, I came back here to await them.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
The malgamite makers were bidden to come as soon as they liked.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid, bidden or esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid
- 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
- the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
- a player's turn to make a bid
Word Origin for bid
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.