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bidding

[ bid-ing ]
/ ˈbɪd ɪŋ /
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noun

command; summons; invitation: I went there at his bidding.
bids collectively, or a period during which bids are made or received: The bidding began furiously.
a bid.

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bidault, georges, biddable, biddeford, bidden, bidder, bidding, bidding prayer, biddle, biddle, john, biddle, nicholas, biddy

Idioms

    do someone's bidding, to submit to someone's orders; perform services for someone: After he was promoted to vice president at the bank, he expected everyone around him to do his bidding.

Origin of bidding

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at bid1, -ing1

Definition for bidding (2 of 3)

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
SYNONYMS FOR bid
Related formsbid·der, noun
Can be confusedbidder bitter

Definition for bidding (3 of 3)

bid

2
[ bid ]
/ bɪd /

verb Archaic.

past participle of bide.
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British Dictionary definitions for bidding (1 of 2)

bidding

/ (ˈbɪdɪŋ) /

noun

an order; command (often in the phrases do or follow the bidding of, at someone's bidding)
an invitation; summons
the act of making bids, as at an auction or in bridge
bridge a group of bids considered collectively, esp those made on a particular deal

British Dictionary definitions for bidding (2 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 Formsbidder, noun

Word Origin for bid

Old English biddan; related to German bitten
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Word Origin and History for bidding

bid


v.

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.

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