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Idioms for bidpast 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

OTHER WORDS FROM bid

bidder, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bid

bidder , bitter

Definition for bid (2 of 4)

bid2
[ bid ]
/ bɪd /

verb Archaic.

past participle of bide.

Definition for bid (3 of 4)

b.i.d.

abbreviation

(in prescriptions) twice a day.

Origin of b.i.d.

From Latin bis in diē

Definition for bid (4 of 4)

B.I.D.

abbreviation

Bachelor of Industrial Design.
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British Dictionary definitions for bid (1 of 2)

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 forms of bid

bidder, noun

Word Origin for bid

Old English biddan; related to German bitten

British Dictionary definitions for bid (2 of 2)

b.i.d.

abbreviation for (in prescriptions)

bis in die

Word Origin for b.i.d.

Latin: twice a day
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Medical definitions for bid

b.i.d.

abbr.

bis in die (twice a day)
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