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Dictionary Definition



1 an authoritative direction or instruction to do something [syn: command, bidding, dictation]
2 an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention" [syn: play]
3 a formal proposal to buy at a specified price [syn: tender]
4 (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make [syn: bidding]


1 propose a payment; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting" [syn: offer, tender]
2 invoke upon; "wish you a nice evening"; "bid farewell" [syn: wish]
3 ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons" [syn: beseech, entreat, adjure, press, conjure]
4 make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; "He called his trump" [syn: call]
5 make a serious effort to attain something; "His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population"
6 ask someone in a friendly way to do something [syn: invite] [also: bidding, bidden, bade]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /bɪd/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪd

Etymology 1

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


  1. To issue a command; to tell.
    He bade me to come in.
  2. To invite; to summon; to offer.
    She was bidden to the wedding.
  3. To utter a greeting or salutation.
    We bade him farewell.
    1999: "[H]e walked up to the village of Wall and bade good morning to the guards on the gate." — Stardust, Neil Gaiman, page 15 (2001 Perennial Edition).
to issue a command
to invite
  • Finnish: kutsua
  • Russian: приглашать
to utter a greeting or salutation
  • Finnish: toivottaa

Etymology 2

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


  1. To make an offer to pay or accept a certain price.
    Have you ever bid in an auction?
  2. In the context of "intransitive|card games": To announce one's goal, before starting play.
  3. To offer as a price.
    She bid £2000 for the Persian carpet.
  4. In the context of "transitive|card games": To announce one's goal, before starting play.
intransitive: to make an offer
intransitive: to announce goal
  • Finnish: tarjota
  • German: melden, reizen
transitive: to offer as a price
  • Dutch: bieden
  • Finnish: tarjota
  • German: bieten
transitive: to announce goal
  • Finnish: tarjota
  • German: melden, reizen


  1. An offer at an auction.
  2. In the context of "ultimate frisbee": A (failed) attempt to receive or intercept a pass.
    Nice bid!
offer at an auction
  • Dutch: bod
  • Finnish: tarjous
  • French: enchère
  • German: Gebot
  • Italian: offerta
  • Norwegian (Bokmål): bud
  • Norwegian (Nynorsk): bud
missed frisbee pass

Derived terms



  1. First person singular present tense of bidden; to pray.




Extensive Definition

  • BH3 interacting domain death agonist (biochemistry)
  • Bidding, making a price offer in an auction, stock exchange, or card games.
  • Bid price, a price offered for a good by a potential buyer
  • Bid, a formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority
  • b.i.d., an abbreviation of the Latin phrase bis in die, which means "twice-daily"; usually refers to medication dosage
  • Beed, a town in Maharashtra, India is sometimes referred to as Bid.
  • Bid, lead singer and songwriter of the band, The Monochrome Set.
  • Jay Bid, Senior Vice President at NERA Economic Consulting and author of the book "Materiality, Causation, and Damage Estimation for Securities Fraud Litigation".
BID can stand for one of the following:
bid in German: BID
bid in French: BID
bid in Italian: BID

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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