or bid bid·den,
or bid bid·ding, bids
- past tense and past participle bid
a. To offer or propose (an amount) as a price.
b. To auction (a contract): The city will bid the project next summer.
c. To offer (someone) membership, as in a group or club: “glancing around to be sure that he had been bid by a society that he wanted” ( Louis Auchincloss )
d. Games To state one's intention to take (tricks of a certain number or suit in cards): bid four hearts.
- To utter (a greeting or salutation): I bid you farewell.
- To issue a command to; direct: “Lee … bid the captain sit beside him and report” ( Stephen W. Sears )
- To invite to attend; summon: The host bid the guests come to dinner.
verb intransitive past tense and past participle bid
- To make an offer to pay or accept a specified price: decided not to bid on the roll-top desk.
- To seek to win or attain something; strive.
Phrasal Verbs: bid in
a. An offer to pay a certain amount of money for something: made a bid on the antique desk.
b. The amount offered or proposed: The highest bid at the auction was $5,000.
- An invitation, especially one offering membership in a group or club.
- An earnest effort to win or attain something: a team in a bid to win the championship; a candidate who made a bid for the presidency.
a. The act of bidding in cards.
b. The number of tricks or points declared.
c. The trump or no-trump declared.
d. The turn of a player to bid.
To outbid on one's own property at an auction in order to raise the final selling price. bid out
To offer (work) for bids from outside contractors. bid up
To cause (a price) to rise by increasing the amount bid: bid up the price of wheat.
Origin of bid
Middle English bidden to ask, command
Old English biddan
; see gwhedh-
in Indo-European roots.)Middle English beden to offer, proclaim
Old English bēodan
; see bheudh-
in Indo-European roots.)
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(third-person singular simple present bids, present participle bidding, simple past bid or bade, past participle bid or bidden)
- To issue a command; to tell.
- He bade me to come in.
- To invite; to summon; to offer.
- She was bidden to the wedding.
- To utter a greeting or salutation.
- We bade him farewell.
The inflected forms bade and bidden are archaic. They remain in marginal use, particularly regarding greetings, as in “bade farewell”, but uninflected bid is significantly more common, and bidden is especially rare.
From Middle English bidden, from the Old English verb biddan, from Proto-Germanic *bidjaną (“to ask”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰedʰ-. Conflated with the Old English verb bēodan ‘offer, announce’ (see Etymology 2 below). Compare West Frisian bidde, Low German bidden, Dutch bidden, German bitten, Danish bede.
(third-person singular simple present bids, present participle bidding, simple past and past participle bid)
- (intransitive) To make an offer to pay or accept a certain price.
- Have you ever bid in an auction?
- To offer as a price.
- She bid £2000 for the Persian carpet.
- (intransitive) To make an attempt.
- He was bidding for the chance to coach his team to victory once again.
- (intransitive, card games) To announce (one's goal), before starting play.
- An offer at an auction, or to carry out a piece of work.
- His bid was $35,000.
- a bid for a lucrative transport contract
- (ultimate frisbee) A (failed) attempt to receive or intercept a pass.
- Nice bid!
- An attempt, effort, or pursuit (of a goal).
- Their efforts represented a sincere bid for success.
- She put in her bid for the presidency.
- He put in his bid for office.
From Middle English beden, from the Old English verb bēodan (“offer, announce”), from Proto-Germanic *beudaną (“to offer”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“be awake, aware”). Conflated with the Old English verb biddan (“ask, demand”) (see Etymology 1 above). Compare Low German beden, Dutch bieden, German bieten, Danish byde.
- (medicine) Bis in die: twice a day, two times per day.
Commonly written as: "amoxicillin 500 mg BID", read as: "amoxicillin totalling 500 milligram dosage (daily total), taken two times a day".
From Latin bis in diē.