Meaning of BID in English


I. ˈbid verb

( bade ˈbad, ˈbād ; or bid ; bid·den ˈbi-d ə n ; or bid also bade ; bid·ding )

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


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


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 command

• bid·der noun

- bid fair

II. noun

Date: 1788


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


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

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