Origin of bidding
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.
Idioms past bade or (Archaic) bad, past participle bid·den or bid, present participle bid·ding.
Origin of bid1
Synonyms for bid
Related Words for biddingauction, tender, direction, instruction, word, demand, mandate, injunction, request, summons, behest, charge, call, invitation, dictate, order, advance, submission, offer, proposition
Examples from the Web for bidding
Contemporary Examples of bidding
In a neat line, his agent, beginning a bidding war, promised: “Michiko Kakutani will flip for this.”What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale
December 22, 2014
McDonnell was poised to be the beneficiary of a bidding war among the biggest law firms.Tough-Guy Pols Let Wives Take the Fall, Maureen McDonnell Edition
August 26, 2014
Unfortunately for the wannabe-thugs at 1325 G St., the friendly officers of the DCPD were not about to do their bidding.Watch RT, Putin's TV Network, Call the Cops on Me
March 7, 2014
What did it feel like to be at the center of a bidding war for your very first novel?How I Write: Paul Lynch
December 18, 2013
And you need me to look strong in order to have sway here in Tehran—and to do your bidding.‘Homeland’ Finale Shocker: A Death in the Family
December 16, 2013
Historical Examples of bidding
Armies would fight for his favour at the bidding of queens—to get what I have!The Bacillus of Beauty
After a time, too, the visions vanish, and will not appear again at my bidding.Beneath an Umbrella (From "Twice Told Tales")
He ran to perform my bidding, and quickly returned with his mother.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Nicholas bowed, and bidding him good-morning, turned upon his heel.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
This Robin handed to Will Scarlet, bidding him to read the same.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
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.