Definitions for: Bid

[n] an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention"
[n] (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make
[n] a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
[n] an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
[v] ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
[v] ask someone in a friendly way to do something
[v] invoke upon; "wish you a nice evening"; "bid farewell"
[v] make a serious effort to attain something; "His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population"
[v] propose a payment; as at sales or auctions; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"
[v] make a demand in card games, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; "He called his trump"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bid (b[i^]d), v. t. [imp. Bade (b[a^]d), Bid, (Obs.)
Bad; p. p. Bidden, Bid; p. pr. & vb. n. Bidding.]
[OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS.
biddian, Icel. bi[eth]ja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray,
ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. teiqein to
persuade, L. fidere to trust, E. faith, and bide. But this
word was early confused with OE. beden, beoden, AS.
be['o]dan, to offer, command; akin to Icel. bj[=o][eth]a,
Goth. biudan (in comp.), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G.
bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. pynqa`nesqai to
learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present
OSlav. bud[=e]ti to be awake, E. bode, v. The word now has
the form of OE. bidden to ask, but the meaning of OE. beden
to command, except in ``to bid beads.'' [root]30.]
1. 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).

2. To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a greeting, a
threat, or defiance, etc.; as, to bid one welcome; to bid
good morning, farewell, etc.

Neither bid him God speed. --2. John 10.

He bids defiance to the gaping crowd. --Granrille.

3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [Mostly
obs.] ``Our banns thrice bid !'' --Gay.

4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.

That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. --Pope

Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee. --Matt.
xiv. 28

I was bid to pick up shells. --D. Jerrold.

5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.

As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
--Matt. xxii.

To bid beads, to pray with beads, as the Roman Catholics;
to distinguish each bead by a prayer. [Obs.]

To bid defiance to, to defy openly; to brave.

To bid fair, to offer a good prospect; to make fair
promise; to seem likely.

Syn: To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command;
direct; charge; enjoin.

imp. & p. p. of Bid.

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

Bid, v. i. [See Bid, v. t.]
1. To pray. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

2. To make a bid; to state what one will pay or take.

Synonyms: adjure, beseech, bidding, call, command, conjure, dictation, entreat, invite, offer, play, press, tender, tender, wish

See Also: allure, attempt, bargain, behest, bridge, buyout bid, by-bid, challenge, charge, commandment, commission, congratulate, contract, declaration, dicker, direction, effort, endeavor, endeavour, felicitate, greet, injunction, offer, offering, open sesame, order, outbid, outcall, overbid, overbid, overcall, play, plead, preempt, preemptive bid, raise, recognise, recognize, request, seek, speech act, subscribe, takeout, tempt, try, underbid

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