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.
- bicycle race,
- bicycle racing,
- bicyclic terpene,
- bid adieu,
- bid in,
- bid price,
- bid up,
Idioms past bade or (Archaic) bad, past participle bid·den or bid, present participle bid·ding.
Origin of bid1
Examples from the Web for bidder
It went up for auction on the website Williams & Williams and was snapped up by an anonymous Vietnamese bidder for $900,000.America’s Tiniest Town Is Sold And Renamed PhinDeli Town Buford, Wyoming|Nina Strochlic|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He bid quickly and quietly against a second bidder until the lot reached $6.5 million.
"$450,000," called the auctioneer, pointing to a bidder in the crowd at Christie's.
Bidder replied with a deprecating smile: "What other concerns are there of our importance and size?"Dawson Black: Retail Merchant|Harold Whitehead
A man who had made money in iron-mines in the County of Durham was a bidder, and finally offered £240 for the holding.Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)|William Henry Hurlbert
Second, he knows whether the bidder under consideration is dependable or inclined to skimp in hidden but essential points.If You're Going to Live in the Country|Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
But Mr. Bidder, dying to mount his hobby-horse, and not caring how, said it was not at all curious.Ravenshoe|Henry Kingsley
Some players hesitate about doubling a bid of two, preferring to take the chance of forcing the bidder higher.Auction of To-day|Milton C. Work
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.