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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.
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.
  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.
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).
Origin of bid1
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.
1. charge; require, enjoin. 3. offer, tender, proffer. 8. offer, proposal; proffer.


[bid] /bɪd/
verb, Archaic.
past participle of bide. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bids
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  • He bids him above all things not to be censorious, and not to be ostentatious.

    Seekers after God Frederic William Farrar
  • And what your wife, my sister, bids you do; you dare not stand up against her!

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • Stationing himself at the head of the lists, he bids his pursuivant challenge all comers.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • There is, lastly, the voice which bids us gratify the desire of the mind.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • Thus the Buddha bids his disciples be attadp atta-saraṇ, anaa-saraṇ: dhammadp dhammasaraṇ.

British Dictionary definitions for bids


verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, (esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7) bid, bidden, (esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7) bid
often foll by for or against. to offer (an amount) in attempting to buy something, esp in competition with others as at an auction
(commerce) to respond to an offer by a seller by stating (the more favourable terms) on which one is willing to make a purchase
(transitive) to say (a greeting, blessing, etc): to bid farewell
to order; command: do as you are bid!
(intransitive) usually foll by for. to attempt to attain power, etc
(transitive) to invite; ask kindly: she bade him sit down
(bridge) to declare in the auction before play how many tricks one expects to make
bid defiance, to resist boldly
bid fair, to seem probable
  1. an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction
  2. the price offered
  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
an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power
  1. the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
  2. a player's turn to make a bid
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 bids



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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bids in Medicine

BIDS (bĭdz)
A congenital condition resulting from a deficiency of high-sulfur protein and characterized by brittle hair, impaired intelligence, decreased fertility, and short stature.

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Related Abbreviations for bids


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