Definition for bidding (2 of 3)
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.
Origin of bid1
Definition for bidding (3 of 3)
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|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Eleanor Clift|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unfortunately for the wannabe-thugs at 1325 G St., the friendly officers of the DCPD were not about to do their bidding.
What did it feel like to be at the center of a bidding war for your very first novel?
And you need me to look strong in order to have sway here in Tehran—and to do your bidding.
He must be one of those cherubim who on God's bidding speed; he could not serve with those who only stand and wait.
Now if thou wilt not have me believe thee a dog not less than an unbeliever, rise, and do my bidding.The Prince of India, Volume II|Lew. Wallace
Here stood Asmund, who gripped him by both hands, and kissed him on the brow, bidding him good luck.Eric Brighteyes|H. Rider Haggard
It agreed, in other words, to do Milosevic's bidding and dirty work.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
No definite picture of the past arose at the magician's bidding, or if it did, she shut her eyes to it.A Mere Chance, Vol. 3 of 3|Ada Cambridge
British Dictionary definitions for bidding (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for bidding (2 of 2)
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
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.