- The definition of bidding means a command, or a set of attempts to buy something at auction.
- An example of bidding is a wealthy businessman telling his butler to take care of errands.
- An example of bidding is trying to buy a ring on eBay.
bidding definition by Webster's New World
- a command or request
- an invitation or summons
- the bids or the making of bids in a card game or auction
bidding definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A demand that something be done; a command.
- A request to appear; a summons.
- Bids considered as a group, as at an auction or in card games: The bidding was higher than expected.
bidding - Phrases/Idioms
do the bidding of
Variant of bid
- Obsolete to beseech or implore
- to command, ask, or tell: do as you are bidden
- to offer (a certain amount) as the price or fee that one will pay or accept
- to declare openly: to bid defiance
- to express in greeting or taking leave: bid farewell to your friends
- ☆ Informal to offer membership to: the fraternity may bid five new men
- Now Chiefly Dial. to invite
- Card Games to state (the number of tricks or points one proposes to take and, in bridge, whether one proposes to play the hand with a specified suit as trump or with no suit as trump) in an effort to win the right to name trump
Origin: Middle English bidden, to ask, plead, pray ; from Old English biddan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bheidh-, to urge, compel; meaning and form merged with Middle English beden, to offer, present ; from Old English beodan, to command, decree ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bheudh-, to be alert, announce
- a bidding of an amount
- the amount bid
- a chance to bid
- an attempt or try: a bid for fame
- ☆ Informal an invitation, esp. to become a member
- Card Games
- the act of bidding
- the number of tricks, suit, etc. stated in a bid
- a player's turn to bid
- bidder noun