[ bid-ing ]
/ ˈbɪd ɪŋ /


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.


    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

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

Related forms

bid·der, noun

Can be confused

bidder bitter

Definition for bidding (3 of 3)


[ bid ]
/ bɪd /

verb Archaic.

past participle of bide. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bidding (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbɪdɪŋ) /


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)


/ (bɪd) /

verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid, bidden or esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid


See also bid in, bid up

Derived Forms

bidder, noun

Word Origin for bid

Old English biddan; related to German bitten
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