from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To issue a command to; direct.
  • transitive v. To utter (a greeting or salutation).
  • transitive v. To invite to attend; summon.
  • transitive v. Games To state one's intention to take (tricks of a certain number or suit in cards): bid four hearts.
  • transitive v. To offer or propose (an amount) as a price.
  • transitive v. 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).
  • intransitive v. To make an offer to pay or accept a specified price: decided not to bid on the roll-top desk.
  • intransitive v. To seek to win or attain something; strive.
  • n. An offer or proposal of a price.
  • n. The amount offered or proposed: They lost the contract because their bid was too high.
  • n. An invitation, especially one offering membership in a group or club.
  • n. Games The act of bidding in cards.
  • n. Games The number of tricks or points declared.
  • n. Games The trump or no-trump declared.
  • n. Games The turn of a player to bid.
  • n. An earnest effort to win or attain something: made a bid for the presidency.
  • bid in 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.
  • idiom bid defiance To refuse to submit; offer resistance to.
  • idiom bid fair To appear likely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make an offer to pay or accept a certain price.
  • v. To offer as a price.
  • v. To make an attempt.
  • v. To announce (one's goal), before starting play.
  • v. To proclaim (a bede, prayer); to pray.
  • n. An offer at an auction.
  • n. A (failed) attempt to receive or intercept a pass.
  • n. An attempt, effort, or pursuit (of a goal).
  • v. To issue a command; to tell.
  • v. To invite; to summon; to offer.
  • v. To utter a greeting or salutation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of bid.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To pray.
  • intransitive v. To make a bid; to state what one will pay or take.
  • transitive v. 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).
  • transitive v. To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance, etc.
  • transitive v. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known.
  • transitive v. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.
  • transitive v. To invite; to call in; to request to come.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ask; request; invite.
  • To pray; wish earnestly or devoutly; hence, to say by way of greeting or benediction: as, to bid good-day, farewell, etc.
  • To command; order or direct; enjoin.
  • To offer; propose: as, to bid a price at an auction.
  • To raise the price of in bidding; increase the amount offered for: with up: as, to bid up a thing beyond its value.
  • To proclaim; make known by a public announcement; declare: as, “our bans thrice bid,” Gay, What d'ye Call it?
  • To make an offer; offer a price: as, to bid at an auction.
  • n. An offer of a price; specifically, an offer made or the price offered at an auction: as, to increase another's bid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. invoke upon
  • v. ask for or request earnestly
  • n. (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make
  • v. ask someone in a friendly way to do something
  • n. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
  • v. make a serious effort to attain something
  • n. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
  • v. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
  • n. an attempt to get something
  • v. propose a payment


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English bidden, to ask, command (from Old English biddan; see gwhedh- in Indo-European roots) and Middle English beden, to offer, proclaim (from Old English bēodan; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English verb bēodan ("offer, announce"). Conflation from Old English verb biddan ("ask, demand").


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