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.
  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.

Origin of bidding

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at bid1, -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for do someone's bidding


  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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