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1 [bid]
verb (used with object), bade or (Archaic) bad for 1, 2, 5 or bid for 3, 4; bidden or bid for 1, 2, 5 or bid for 3, 4; bidding.
to command; order; direct: to bid them depart.
to express (a greeting, farewell, benediction, or wish): to bid good night.
Commerce. to offer (a certain sum) as the price one will pay or charge: They bid $25,000 and got the contract.
Cards. to enter a bid of (a given quantity or suit): to bid two no-trump.
to summon by invitation; invite.
verb (used without object), bade or (Archaic) bad for 6 or bid for 7; bidden or bid for 6 or bid for 7; bidding.
to command; order; direct: I will do as you bid.
to make a bid: She bid at the auction for the old chair.
an act or instance of bidding.
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.
an invitation: a bid to join the club.
an attempt to attain some goal or purpose: a bid for election.
Also called bid price. Stock Exchange. the highest price a prospective buyer is willing to pay for a security at a given moment.
Verb phrases, past and past participle bid, present participle bidding.
bid in, Commerce. to overbid all offers for (property) at an auction in order to retain ownership.
bid up, Commerce. to increase the market price of by increasing bids.
Idioms, past bade or (Archaic) bad, past participle bidden or bid, present participle bidding.
bid fair. fair1 ( def 29 ).

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

bidder, noun

bidder, bitter.

1. charge; require, enjoin. 3. offer, tender, proffer. 8. offer, proposal; proffer.


2 [bid]
verb Archaic.
past participle of bide.
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bade or bad (bæd, beɪd)
past tense of bid
bad or bad

bid (bɪd)
vb (often foll by for or against) (usually foll by for) , esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bids, bidding, bad, bade, bid, bidden, bid
1.  to offer (an amount) in attempting to buy something, esp in competition with others as at an auction
2.  commerce to respond to an offer by a seller by stating (the more favourable terms) on which one is willing to make a purchase
3.  (tr) to say (a greeting, blessing, etc): to bid farewell
4.  to order; command: do as you are bid!
5.  to attempt to attain power, etc
6.  (tr) to invite; ask kindly: she bade him sit down
7.  bridge to declare in the auction before play how many tricks one expects to make
8.  bid defiance to resist boldly
9.  bid fair to seem probable
10.  a.  an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction
 b.  the price offered
11.  commerce
 a.  a statement by a buyer, in response to an offer by a seller, of the more favourable terms that would be acceptable
 b.  the price or other terms so stated
12.  an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power
13.  bridge
 a.  the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
 b.  a player's turn to make a bid
14.  short for bid price
[Old English biddan; related to German bitten]

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Word Origin & History

The modern verb is a merger of two old words. The sense in bid farewell is from O.E. biddan "to ask, entreat, pray, beseech; order; beg" (class V strong verb, past tense bæd, past participle beden), from P.Gmc. *bidjan "to pray, entreat" (cf. Ger. bitten "to ask," O.H.G., 8c.), which, according
to Kluge and Watkins is from a PIE base *gwhedh- "to ask, pray" (see bead). A bid at an auction, meanwhile, is from O.E. beodan "offer, proclaim" (class II strong verb; p.t. bead, p.p. boden), from P.Gmc. *biudanan "to stretch out, reach out, offer, present," (cf. Ger. bieten "to offer"), from PIE base *bh(e)udh- "to be aware, make aware" (cf. Skt. bodhati "is awake, is watchful, observes," buddhah "awakened, enlightened;" O.C.S. bljudo "to observe;" Lith. budeti "to be awake;" O.Ir. buide "contentment, thanks").

O.E. bæd, p.t. of bid (q.v.).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Bachelor of Industrial Design

  2. Spanish Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (Inter-American Development Bank)

  3. buoyancy induced dispersion

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Example sentences
The American people bade a heartfelt farewell to their 38th president last week.
She smiled quietly, bade me fear nothing, and went her way.
My ex-wife abhorred spiders, and bade me kill them at every opportunity.
After some expressions of good will on both sides, we bade each other good bye.
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