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bidding

[bid-ing] /ˈbɪd ɪŋ/
noun
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.
Idioms
4.
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
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English; see bid1, -ing1

bid1

[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
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.

bid2

[bid] /bɪd/
verb, Archaic.
1.
past participle of bide.
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British Dictionary definitions for bidding

bidding

/ˈbɪdɪŋ/
noun
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

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 bidding

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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Related Abbreviations for bidding

BID

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