- 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
- to command; order; direct: to bid them depart.
- to express (a greeting, farewell, benediction, or wish): to bid good night.
- Commerce. to offer (a certain sum) as the price one will pay or charge: They bid $25,000 and got the contract.
- Cards. to enter a bid of (a given quantity or suit): to bid two no-trump.
- to summon by invitation; invite.
- to command; order; direct: I will do as you bid.
- to make a bid: She bid at the auction for the old chair.
- an act or instance of bidding.
- 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.
- an invitation: a bid to join the club.
- an attempt to attain some goal or purpose: a bid for election.
- Also called bid price. Stock Exchange. the highest price a prospective buyer is willing to pay for a security at a given moment.
- bid in, Commerce. to overbid all offers for (property) at an auction in order to retain ownership.
- bid up, Commerce. to increase the market price of by increasing bids.
- bid fair. fair1(def 29).
Origin of bid1
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- past participle of bide.
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- 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
- (often foll by for or against) to offer (an amount) in attempting to buy something, esp in competition with others as at an auction
- commerce to respond to an offer by a seller by stating (the more favourable terms) on which one is willing to make a purchase
- (tr) to say (a greeting, blessing, etc)to bid farewell
- to order; commanddo as you are bid!
- (intr usually foll by for) to attempt to attain power, etc
- (tr) to invite; ask kindlyshe bade him sit down
- bridge to declare in the auction before play how many tricks one expects to make
- bid defiance to resist boldly
- bid fair to seem probable
- 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
- an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power
- the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
- a player's turn to make a bid
- short for bid price
Word Origin and History for bidding
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.