bid
I. verb (bade or bid; bidden or bid; also bade; bidding) Etymology: partly from Middle English bidden, from Old English biddan; akin to Old High German bitten to entreat, and perhaps to Sanskrit bādhate he presses; partly from Middle English beden to offer, command, from Old English bēodan; akin to Old High German biotan to offer, Greek pynthanesthai to examine, Sanskrit bodhi enlightenment Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. obsolete beseech, entreat b. to issue an order to ; tell <
did as I was bid
>
c. to request to come ; invite 2. to give expression to <
bade a tearful farewell
>
3. a. offer — usually used in the phrase to bid defiance b. past and past participle bid (1) to offer (a price) whether for payment or acceptance (2) to make a bid of or in (a suit at cards) intransitive verb to make a bid Synonyms: see commandbidder noun II. noun Date: 1788 1. a. the act of one who bids b. a statement of what one will give or take for something; especially an offer of a price c. something offered as a bid 2. an opportunity to bid 3. invitation 4. a. an announcement of what a cardplayer proposes to undertake b. the amount of such a bid c. a biddable bridge hand 5. an attempt or effort to win, achieve, or attract <
a bid for reelection
>
III. abbreviation Etymology: Latin bis in die twice a day

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bid — bid1 [bid] vt. BADE, bidden, bidding; for vt. 3, 6, 8 & for vi., the pt. & pp. are always bid, bade or bid, bid [ME bidden, to ask, plead, pray < OE biddan < IE base * bheidh , to urge, compel; meaning and form merged with ME beden, to… …   English World dictionary

  • Bid — (b[i^]d), v. t. [imp. {Bade} (b[a^]d), {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. bi[eth]ja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bid — (b[i^]d), v. t. [imp. {Bade} (b[a^]d), {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. bi[eth]ja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bid — (b[i^]d), v. t. [imp. {Bade} (b[a^]d), {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. bi[eth]ja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bid — Ⅰ. bid [1] ► VERB (bidding; past and past part. bid) 1) offer (a certain price) for something, especially at an auction. 2) (bid for) (of a contractor) tender for (work). 3) (bid for) make an effort to obtain or achiev …   English terms dictionary

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  • bid — [n1] offering of money or services advance, amount, declaration, feeler, hit, invitation, offer, pass, price, proffer, proposal, proposition, request, submission, suggestion, sum, summons, tender; concepts 67,330 bid [n2] endeavor attempt, crack …   New thesaurus

  • Bid — Bid, v. i. [See {Bid}, v. t.] 1. To pray. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To make a bid; to state what one will pay or take. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • bid — has past tenses bade (in general meanings: We bade them farewell) and bid (in card games and the auction room: We bid successfully for the portrait). The corresponding past participle forms are bidden and bid …   Modern English usage

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