Nearby words

  1. bicycle race,
  2. bicycle racing,
  3. bicyclic,
  4. bicyclic terpene,
  5. bicyclist,
  6. bid adieu,
  7. bid in,
  8. bid price,
  9. bid up,
  10. bid-up

Idioms past bade or (Archaic) bad, past participle bid·den or bid, present participle bid·ding.

    bid fair. fair1(def 29).

Origin of bid

1
before 900; Middle English bidden, Old English biddan to beg, ask; cognate with Old Frisian bidda, Old Saxon biddian, Old High German bittan (German bitten), Old Norse bithja, Gothic bidjan; all < Germanic *bid-ja- (< Indo-European *bhidh-) command, akin to Greek peíthein to persuade, inspire with trust, English bide

SYNONYMS FOR bid
Related formsbid·der, noun

Can be confusedbidder bitter

bid

2
[ bid ]
/ bɪd /

verb Archaic.

past participle of bide.
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British Dictionary definitions for bids

bid

/ (bɪd) /

verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid, bidden or esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid

noun

See also bid in, bid up

Derived Formsbidder, noun

Word Origin for bid

Old English biddan; related to German bitten

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Word Origin and History for bids

bid

v.

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.

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Medicine definitions for bids

BIDS

[ bĭdz ]

n.

A congenital condition resulting from a deficiency of high-sulfur protein and characterized by brittle hair, impaired intelligence, decreased fertility, and short stature.

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