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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun bid has 4 senses

Verb bid has 6 senses


bidv. t. [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS. biddian, Icel. bi, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. teiqein 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. bj, Goth. biudan (in comp.), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G. bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. pynqa`nesqai to learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present OSlav. bud 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.”
  •  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).  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "Neither bid him God speed."  [1913 Webster]
    "He bids defiance to the gaping crowd."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known.  Gay.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.  [1913 Webster]
    "That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow."  [1913 Webster]
    "Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee."  [1913 Webster]
    "I was bid to pick up shells."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To invite; to call in; to request to come.  [1913 Webster]
    "As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage."  [1913 Webster]
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.
bidimp. & p. p. 
     imp. & p. p. of Bid.  [1913 Webster]
     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.  [1913 Webster]
bidv. i. [See Bid, v. t.].
  •  To pray.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To make a bid; to state what one will pay or take.  [1913 Webster]


bid, v. & n.
--v. (bidding; past bid, archaic bade; past part. bid, archaic bidden)
1 tr. & intr. (past and past part. bid) (often foll. by for, against) a (esp. at an auction) offer (a certain price) (did not bid for the vase; bid against the dealer; bid {pound}20). b offer to do work etc. for a stated price.
2 tr. archaic or literary a command; order (bid the soldiers shoot). b invite (bade her start).
3 tr. archaic or literary a utter (greeting or farewell) to (I bade him welcome). b proclaim (defiance etc.).
4 (past and past part. bid) Cards a intr. state before play how many tricks one intends to make. b tr. state (one's intended number of tricks).
1 a (esp. at an auction) an offer (of a price) (a bid of {pound}5). b an offer (to do work, supply goods, etc.) at a stated price; a tender.
2 Cards a statement of the number of tricks a player proposes to make.
3 colloq. an attempt; an effort (a bid for power).

bid fair to seem likely to. make a bid for try to gain (made a bid for freedom).
bidder n.
OE biddan ask f. Gmc, & OE beodan offer, command



adjuration, advance, appeal, approach, ask, asking price, assay, attempt, bargain, bargain price, beat down, beseechment, bid for, bid in, bid price, bid up, biddance, bidding, call, call on, call the signals, call upon, calling, cash price, chaffer, charge, cheapen, clamor, command, commission, controlled price, crack, cry, current price, current quotation, cut price, declare, decree, dicker, dictate, direct, drive a bargain, effort, endeavor, engraved invitation, enjoin, entreaty, essay, experiment, feeler, fixed price, flat rate, fling, gambit, give an order, give the word, go, going price, haggle, higgle, huckster, imploration, imploring, imprecation, instruct, invitation, invite, invocation, invocatory plea, issue a command, issue a writ, jew down, lick, list price, make a bid, make an offer, mandate, market price, move, neat price, negotiate, net, obsecration, obtestation, offer, offer to buy, offering, ordain, order, order about, outbid, overture, package price, piece price, plea, prayer, preliminary approach, presentation, price list, prices current, proclaim, proffer, promulgate, pronounce, quotation, quoted price, recommended price, request, rogation, rule, say the word, selling price, shill, shot, stab, step, stock market quotations, stroke, strong bid, submission, suit, summon, summons, supplication, tell, tentative, tentative approach, trade price, trial, trial and error, try, underbid, undertaking, unit price, warn, whack, wholesale price




VB command, order, decree, enact, ordain, dictate, direct, give orders, prescribe, set, appoint, mark out, set a task, prescribe a task, impose a task, set to work, put in requisition, bid, enjoin, charge, call upon, instruct, require at the hands of, exact, impose, tax, task, demand, insist on, claim, lay claim to, revendicate, reclaim, cite, summon, call for, send for, subpoena, beckon, issue a command, make a requisition, issue a requisition, promulgate a requisition, make a decree, issue a decree, promulgate a decree, make an order, issue an order, promulgate an order, give the word of command, give the word, give the signal, call to order, give the law, lay down the law, assume the command, remand, be ordered, receive an order.


N offer, proffer, presentation, tender, bid, overture, proposal, proposition, motion, invitation, candidature, offering, offering, offered, in the market, for sale, to let, disengaged, on hire.

VB offer, proffer, present, tender, bid, propose, move, make a motion, make advances, start, invite, hold out, place in one's way, put forward, hawk about, offer for sale, press, lay at one's feet, offer oneself, present oneself, volunteer, come forward, be a candidate, stand for, bid for, seek, be at one's service, go a begging, bribe.

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