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Meaning of bid by Wiktionary Dictionary

Bid


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /bɪd/
    • Rhymes: -ɪd

    Etymology 1

    From Old English verb biddan ‘ask, demand’. Conflation from Old English verb bēodan ‘offer, announce’

    Verb

    to bid ( third-person singular simple present bids present participle bidding, simple past bade, past participle bidden )

    1. ( transitive ) To issue a command; to tell .
      He bade me to come in .
    2. ( transitive ) To invite; to summon; to offer .
      She was bidden to the wedding .
    3. ( transitive ) To utter a greeting or salutation .
      We bade him farewell .

    Etymology 2

    From Old English verb bēodan ‘offer, announce’. Conflation from Old English verb biddan ‘ask, demand’ .

    Verb

    to bid ( third-person singular simple present bids present participle bidding, simple past and past participle bid )

    1. ( intransitive ) To make an offer to pay or accept a certain price .
      Have you ever bid in an auction?
    2. ( transitive ) To offer as a price .
      She bid £2000 for the Persian carpet .
    3. ( intransitive ) To make an attempt .
      He was bidding for the chance to coach his team to victory once again .
    4. ( intransitive, card games ) To announce one's goal, before starting play .
    5. ( transitive, card games ) To announce one's goal, before starting play .
    6. ( obsolete ) To proclaim ( a bede, prayer ); to pray.

    Noun

    bid ( plural: bids )

    1. An offer at an auction .
      His bid was $35,000 .
    2. ( ultimate frisbee ) A ( failed ) attempt to receive or intercept a pass .
      Nice bid!
    3. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) The announcement of a goal .
      She put in her bid for the presidency .
      He put in his bid for office .
    4. An attempt, effort, pursuit
      Their efforts represented a sincere bid for success .

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Explanation of bid by Wordnet Dictionary

Bid


    Verb
    1. ask for or request earnestly

    2. The prophet bid all people to become good persons
    3. ask someone in a friendly way to do something

    4. invoke upon

    5. bid farewell
    6. make a serious effort to attain something

    7. His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population
    8. propose a payment

    9. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

    Noun
    1. an attempt to get something

    2. he made a bid to gain attention
    3. the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make

    4. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price

    5. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something



    Definition of bid by GCIDE Dictionary

    Bid


    1. Bid ( bĭd ), v. t. [imp. Bade ( băd ), Bid, ( Obs. ) Bad; p. p. Bidden Bid; p. pr. & vb. n. Bidding.] [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS. biddian, Icel. biðja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. τειθειν to persuade, L. fidere to trust, E. faith, and bide. But this word was early confused with OE. beden, beoden, AS. beódan, to offer, command; akin to Icel. bjōða, Goth. biudan ( in comp. ), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G. bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. πυνθάνεσθαι to learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present OSlav. budēti to be awake, E. bode, v. The word now has the form of OE. bidden to ask, but the meaning of OE. beden to command, except in “to bid beads.” √30.]

      1. To make an offer of; to propose. Specifically : To offer to pay ( a certain price, as for a thing put up at auction ), or to take ( a certain price, as for work to be done under a contract ).

      2. To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance, etc.; as, “to bid one welcome; to bid good morning, farewell, etc.”

      Neither bid him God speed. 2. John 10.

      He bids defiance to the gaping crowd. Granrille.

      3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [Mostly obs.] “Our banns thrice bid !” Gay.

      4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.

      That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. Pope

      Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee. Matt. xiv. 28

      I was bid to pick up shells. D. Jerrold.

      5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.

      As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. Matt. xxii. 9

      To bid beads, to pray with beads, as the Roman Catholics; to distinguish each bead by a prayer. [Obs.] -- To bid defiance to , to defy openly; to brave. -- To bid fair, to offer a good prospect; to make fair promise; to seem likely.

      Syn. -- To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command; direct; charge; enjoin.

    2. Bid ( bĭd ), v. t. [imp. Bade ( băd ), Bid, ( Obs. ) Bad; p. p. Bidden Bid; p. pr. & vb. n. Bidding.] [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS. biddian, Icel. biðja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. τειθειν to persuade, L. fidere to trust, E. faith, and bide. But this word was early confused with OE. beden, beoden, AS. beódan, to offer, command; akin to Icel. bjōða, Goth. biudan ( in comp. ), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G. bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. πυνθάνεσθαι to learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present OSlav. budēti to be awake, E. bode, v. The word now has the form of OE. bidden to ask, but the meaning of OE. beden to command, except in “to bid beads.” √30.]

      1. To make an offer of; to propose. Specifically : To offer to pay ( a certain price, as for a thing put up at auction ), or to take ( a certain price, as for work to be done under a contract ).

      2. To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance, etc.; as, “to bid one welcome; to bid good morning, farewell, etc.”

      Neither bid him God speed. 2. John 10.

      He bids defiance to the gaping crowd. Granrille.

      3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [Mostly obs.] “Our banns thrice bid !” Gay.

      4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.

      That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. Pope

      Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee. Matt. xiv. 28

      I was bid to pick up shells. D. Jerrold.

      5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.

      As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. Matt. xxii. 9

      To bid beads, to pray with beads, as the Roman Catholics; to distinguish each bead by a prayer. [Obs.] -- To bid defiance to , to defy openly; to brave. -- To bid fair, to offer a good prospect; to make fair promise; to seem likely.

      Syn. -- To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command; direct; charge; enjoin.

    3. Bid ( bĭd ), v. t. [imp. Bade ( băd ), Bid, ( Obs. ) Bad; p. p. Bidden Bid; p. pr. & vb. n. Bidding.] [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS. biddian, Icel. biðja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. τειθειν to persuade, L. fidere to trust, E. faith, and bide. But this word was early confused with OE. beden, beoden, AS. beódan, to offer, command; akin to Icel. bjōða, Goth. biudan ( in comp. ), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G. bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. πυνθάνεσθαι to learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present OSlav. budēti to be awake, E. bode, v. The word now has the form of OE. bidden to ask, but the meaning of OE. beden to command, except in “to bid beads.” √30.]

      1. To make an offer of; to propose. Specifically : To offer to pay ( a certain price, as for a thing put up at auction ), or to take ( a certain price, as for work to be done under a contract ).

      2. To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance, etc.; as, “to bid one welcome; to bid good morning, farewell, etc.”

      Neither bid him God speed. 2. John 10.

      He bids defiance to the gaping crowd. Granrille.

      3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [Mostly obs.] “Our banns thrice bid !” Gay.

      4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.

      That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. Pope

      Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee. Matt. xiv. 28

      I was bid to pick up shells. D. Jerrold.

      5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.

      As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. Matt. xxii. 9

      To bid beads, to pray with beads, as the Roman Catholics; to distinguish each bead by a prayer. [Obs.] -- To bid defiance to , to defy openly; to brave. -- To bid fair, to offer a good prospect; to make fair promise; to seem likely.

      Syn. -- To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command; direct; charge; enjoin.

    4. Bid imp. & p. p. of Bid.

    5. Bid, n. An offer of a price, especially at auctions; a statement of a sum which one will give for something to be received, or will take for something to be done or furnished; that which is offered.

    6. Bid, v. i. [See Bid, v. t.]
      1. To pray. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      2. To make a bid; to state what one will pay or take.