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  1. command; summons; invitation: I went there at his bidding.
  2. bids collectively, or a period during which bids are made or received: The bidding began furiously.
  3. a bid.
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  1. 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.
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Origin of bidding

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at bid1, -ing1
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Examples from the Web for biddings

Historical Examples

  • Where should a Muslim bestow his wife but according to the biddings of the Prophet—in the house?

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • It was exquisite as a work of art, and the biddings for it had been high.

  • He did not admit that the limits of duties should exceed the biddings of Nature.

  • To the Toka (enemy) be kind, and he will do all your biddings.

  • The biddings failed to p. 43reach the reserve price and the property was withdrawn at £950.

British Dictionary definitions for biddings


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