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to command; order; direct:
to bid them depart.
to express (a greeting, farewell, benediction, or wish):
to bid good night.
Commerce. to offer (a certain sum) as the price one will pay or charge:
They bid $25,000 and got the contract.
Cards. to enter a bid of (a given quantity or suit):
to bid two no-trump.
to summon by invitation; invite.
to command; order; direct:
I will do as you bid.
to make a bid:
She bid at the auction for the old chair.
an act or instance of bidding.

an offer to make a specified number of points or to take a specified number of tricks.
the amount of such an offer.
the turn of a person to bid.

an invitation:
a bid to join the club.
an attempt to attain some goal or purpose:
a bid for election.
Also called bid price. Stock Exchange. the highest price a prospective buyer is willing to pay for a security at a given moment.
bid in, Commerce. to overbid all offers for (property) at an auction in order to retain ownership.
bid up, Commerce. to increase the market price of by increasing bids.
bid fair. fair1 (def 29).
past participle of bide.
Bachelor of Industrial Design.
(in prescriptions) twice a day.
Archaic. to endure; bear.
Obsolete. to encounter.
to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
bide one’s time, to wait for a favorable opportunity:
He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.
Contemporary Examples

Yesterday the military named a new civilian prime minister, apparently in a bid to quell the protests.
Why Egyptians Are Trying to Topple Their Former Military Saviors Charles M. Sennott November 25, 2011

And when the city put out the routes for bid, it did so without the job protections that had previously been in place.
New York City Bus Strike: A Cosy Cartel, Running Out of Gas Megan McArdle January 16, 2013

We as coauthors disagree on the Palestinian U.N. bid, as on other important aspects of Middle Eastern politics.
The Conversation Israel and Palestine Needs to Have Peter Beinart, Alan M. Dershowitz December 2, 2012

The Republican frontrunner made his 2012 bid official—just as the press corps left to chase Sarah Palin’s bus tour.
Mitt Romney: The GOP’s Field’s Rodney Dangerfield McKay Coppins June 1, 2011

Like a number of the newly elected veterans, Adam Kinzinger was a Tea Party favorite in his bid for Congress.
The New Vets in Congress Benjamin Sarlin November 3, 2010

Historical Examples

The girl was not permitted to bid me good-bye when they left Grass Valley.
Some Reminiscences of old Victoria Edgar Fawcett

Unless you do as I bid you, I will keep you in irons for the rest of the voyage!
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger

I bid then go to their huts; that I would have them called when I wanted them.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348 Various

He, with an imperious air, bid me deserve his love, and I should be sure to have it.
Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson

But once he had made his bid for success, he had to accept its moral consequences.
The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks

verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, (esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7) bid, bidden, (esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7) bid
often foll by for or against. to offer (an amount) in attempting to buy something, esp in competition with others as at an auction
(commerce) to respond to an offer by a seller by stating (the more favourable terms) on which one is willing to make a purchase
(transitive) to say (a greeting, blessing, etc): to bid farewell
to order; command: do as you are bid!
(intransitive) usually foll by for. to attempt to attain power, etc
(transitive) to invite; ask kindly: she bade him sit down
(bridge) to declare in the auction before play how many tricks one expects to make
bid defiance, to resist boldly
bid fair, to seem probable

an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction
the price offered


a statement by a buyer, in response to an offer by a seller, of the more favourable terms that would be acceptable
the price or other terms so stated

an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power

the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
a player’s turn to make a bid

short for bid price
abbreviation (in prescriptions)
bis in die
verb bides, biding, bided, bode, bided
(intransitive) (archaic or dialect) to continue in a certain place or state; stay
(intransitive) (archaic or dialect) to live; dwell
(transitive) (archaic or dialect) to tolerate; endure
(Scot) bide a wee, to stay a little
(Scot) bide by, to abide by
bide one’s time, to wait patiently for an opportunity

probably a merger of two old words: The sense in bid farewell is from Old English biddan “to ask, entreat, pray, beseech; order; beg” (class V strong verb, past tense bæd, past participle beden), from Proto-Germanic *bidjan “to pray, entreat” (cf. German bitten “to ask,” attested from 8c.), which, according to Kluge and Watkins is from a PIE root *gwhedh- “to ask, pray” (see bead (n.)).

To bid at an auction, meanwhile, is from Old English beodan “offer, proclaim” (class II strong verb; past tense bead, p.p. boden), from Proto-Germanic *biudanan “to stretch out, reach out, offer, present,” (cf. German bieten “to offer”), from PIE root *bh(e)udh- “to be aware, make aware” (cf. Sanskrit bodhati “is awake, is watchful, observes,” buddhah “awakened, enlightened;” Old Church Slavonic bljudo “to observe;” Lithuanian budeti “to be awake;” Old Irish buide “contentment, thanks”). As a noun, 1788, from the verb.

Old English bidan “to stay, continue, live, remain,” also “to trust, rely” (cognate with Old Norse biða, Old Saxon bidan, Old Frisian bidia, Middle Dutch biden, Old High German bitan, Gothic beidan “to wait”), apparently from PIE *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of Old English biddan (see bid (v.)), the original sense of which was “to command,” and “to trust” (cf. Greek peithein “to persuade,” pistis “faith;” Latin fidere “to trust,” foedus “compact, treaty,” Old Church Slavonic beda “need”). Perhaps the sense evolved in prehistoric times through “endure,” and “endure a wait,” to “to wait.” Preserved in Scotland and northern England, replaced elsewhere by abide in all senses except to bide one’s time. Related: Bided; biding.

b.i.d. abbr.
Latin bis in die (twice a day)
Bachelor of Industrial Design
Spanish Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (Inter-American Development Bank)
buoyancy induced dispersion
Latin bis in die (twice a day)


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