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.
- bicycle race,
- bicycle racing,
- bicyclic terpene,
- bid adieu,
- bid in,
- bid price,
- bid up,
Idioms past bade or (Archaic) bad, past participle bid·den or bid, present participle bid·ding.
Origin of bid1
Examples from the Web for bids
The successful World Cup bids of both Russia and Qatar have come under relentless scrutiny that has ultimately changed little.
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|Tom Sykes|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|February 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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'|Nina Strochlic|February 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Five days later, Anissme comes to his mother and bids her good-bye.Contemporary Russian Novelists|Serge Persky
Verily, He that sends them forth and bids them work His will is greater than any one—greater than all of them together.Lectures on Popular and Scientific Subjects|John Sutherland Sinclair, Earl of Caithness
After these three, he bids the rest farewell, and then turns his face toward home.Four Arthurian Romances|Chretien DeTroyes
And then he bids adieu to the others, quite composedly, though his brain is on fire with jealousy, not even omitting the children.Portia|Duchess
She bids me tell you that I am going to-morrow to sit to the sun for my picture for you.Records of Later Life|Frances Ann Kemble
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.