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 bidsadvance, offer, price, request, suggestion, proposal, attempt, effort, venture, tender, propose, submit, wish, invite, solicit, hit, submission, sum, declaration, summons
Examples from the Web for bids
Contemporary Examples of bids
The successful World Cup bids of both Russia and Qatar have come under relentless scrutiny that has ultimately changed little.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
The interview is a huge coup for NBC after years of bids and counter-offers for the first Pippa interview.Pippa: "My Normal and Sisterly" Relationship With Kate
June 27, 2014
Klitschko was retiring from the ring to concentrate on politics, where he had a 0-3 record in bids to become mayor of Kiev.Here's What It's Like to Fight Vitali Klitschko, Ukraine’s Revolutionary Champ
February 24, 2014
When a fine-quality Cuban rum came up for bids, Clinton realized the joke.Bill Clinton: Nelson Mandela Was 'The Only Free Man I Ever Knew'
February 18, 2014
Investment fund Fondo Strategico Italiano topped the bids with a $1.5 billion dollar offer.Miley Cyrus Named Both Best and Worst Dressed; 'Radiant Orchid' Named Pantone's Color of 2014
The Fashion Beast Team
December 5, 2013
Historical Examples of bids
Then turning to her son, "Who is the man that bids against me?"Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Say, whence is the voice that when anger is burning, Bids the whirl of the tempest to cease?Graded Poetry: Second Year
Don't hint any more neither; comes right out and bids for it.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
I'll tell each what the other bids, and we'll keep her jumpin'.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Do as he bids," replied Johnson, who was always a strict disciplinarian.
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.