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[bid] /bɪd/
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.
1.
to command; order; direct:
to bid them depart.
2.
to express (a greeting, farewell, benediction, or wish):
to bid good night.
3.
Commerce. to offer (a certain sum) as the price one will pay or charge:
They bid $25,000 and got the contract.
4.
Cards. to enter a bid of (a given quantity or suit):
to bid two no-trump.
5.
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.
6.
to command; order; direct:
I will do as you bid.
7.
to make a bid:
She bid at the auction for the old chair.
noun
8.
an act or instance of bidding.
9.
Cards.
  1. an offer to make a specified number of points or to take a specified number of tricks.
  2. the amount of such an offer.
  3. the turn of a person to bid.
10.
an invitation:
a bid to join the club.
11.
an attempt to attain some goal or purpose:
a bid for election.
12.
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.
13.
bid in, Commerce. to overbid all offers for (property) at an auction in order to retain ownership.
14.
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.
15.
bid fair. fair1 (def 29).
Origin
900
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
Related forms
bidder, noun
Can be confused
bidder, bitter.
Synonyms
1. charge; require, enjoin. 3. offer, tender, proffer. 8. offer, proposal; proffer.
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Examples for bidder
  • One by one fish are auctioned and sold to the highest bidder.
  • Any of these possibilities are better than what has happened in the past: seized wood was auctioned off to the highest bidder.
  • The flotsam and jetsam would go to the highest bidder.
  • By all means, review the copies, but then sell the books back to the highest bidder.
  • As long as our leaders are for sale to the highest bidder, nothing will change.
  • Oil is a fungible commodity: it flows to the highest bidder.
  • Instead, it sold the right to tax to the highest bidder.
  • The final bid of two hundred and forty thousand euros seemed to come from a bidder in the hall.
  • US technology produced a moon rocket made by the lowest bidder.
  • Several startups are experimenting with ways to link idle computers cheaply, selling off the resources to the highest bidder.
British Dictionary definitions for bidder

bid

/bɪd/
verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, (esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7) bid, bidden, (esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7) bid
1.
often foll by for or against. 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.
(transitive) to say (a greeting, blessing, etc) to bid farewell
4.
to order; command do as you are bid!
5.
(intransitive) usually foll by for. to attempt to attain power, etc
6.
(transitive) 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
noun
10.
  1. an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction
  2. the price offered
11.
(commerce)
  1. a statement by a buyer, in response to an offer by a seller, of the more favourable terms that would be acceptable
  2. the price or other terms so stated
12.
an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power
13.
(bridge)
  1. the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
  2. a player's turn to make a bid
14.
short for bid price
See also bid in, bid up
Derived Forms
bidder, noun
Word Origin
Old English biddan; related to German bitten
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Word Origin and History for bidder
bid
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").
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Related Abbreviations for bidder

BID

  1. Bachelor of Industrial Design
  2. Spanish Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (Inter-American Development Bank)
  3. buoyancy induced dispersion
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