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).
- bidder, 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
Same with the Pac-12, although if USC or Oregon win out, they’ll get the fourth bid.Cincinnati and BYU are making a case for the College Football Playoff. Is anyone listening? | John Feinstein | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Microsoft’s Search Network can help you reach consumers planning to purchase, so be sure to target those audiences by applying audience targeting bid modifiers to your holiday ads and shopping campaigns.Don’t miss out on the most unpredictable holiday season yet | Sponsored Content: Microsoft Advertising | November 18, 2020 | Search Engine Land
High-profile women of color won their election bids, including the four representatives—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib—known as “The Squad.”The U.S. is too far behind the rest of the world when it comes to women in government | jakemeth | November 16, 2020 | Fortune
There, she became the youngest person — and first woman — to present an arbitration case, ultimately winning Chicago its bid over pitcher Alex Fernandez’s salary.Kim Ng’s Hiring Could Be The Start Of Something Special In Miami | Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org) | November 16, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Last week, she lost a congressional bid in a landslide – 19 points, as of the latest ballot count – to Sara Jacobs, who has never held elective office and lost a race in a different congressional district in 2018.
A cabal can do it, selling their influence to the highest bidder.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer | James Poulos | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rod Blagojevich auctioning off the seat to the highest bidder.
Politicians who argued for selling land to the highest bidder and using the funds for the federal budget were drowned out.A Founding Father Profit Sharing Fix for Inequality | Joseph Blasi | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Much worse, it turned out the ads cost $4.7 million—$2 million more than the next lowest bidder.
Yet, she is still very much a pawn in the system—her body is actively sold to the highest bidder.The Abused Wives of Westeros: A Song of Feminism in ‘Game of Thrones’ | Amy Zimmerman | April 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With such an assembly at hand the time was ripe for selling Daisy-Jewel to the highest bidder.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
"Thirty," said the first bidder in a tone which seemed to defy further competition.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
One can only presume that the highest bidder—the owner of the largest fortune—was to be the happy man.With Edged Tools | Henry Seton Merriman
Do you imagine, fellow, that an Army officer's honor is of so little importance to him that he'll sell it to a higher bidder.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants | H. Irving Hancock
The highest offer has me, your ladyship; he's but a poor auctioneer that knocks down his ware when only one bidder is present.Rookwood | William Harrison Ainsworth
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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