—bidder, n./bid/, v., bade or (Archaic) bad for 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 or bid for 3, 4, 7, 9, 10; bidden or bid for 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 or bid for 3, 4, 7, 9; bidding; n.v.t.1. to command; order; direct: to bid them depart.3. Com. to offer (a certain sum) as the price one will pay or charge: They bid $25,000 and got the contract.4. Cards. to enter a bid of (a given quantity or suit): to bid two no-trump.5. to summon by invitation; invite.v.i.6. to command; order; direct: I will do as you bid.7. to make a bid: She bid at the auction for the old chair.10. bid up, Com. to increase the market price of by increasing bids.n.11. an act or instance of bidding.12. Cards.a. an offer to make a specified number of points or to take a specified number of tricks.b. the amount of such an offer.c. the turn of a person to bid.13. an invitation: a bid to join the club.14. an attempt to attain some goal or purpose: a bid for election.15. Also called bid price. Stock Exchange. the highest price a prospective buyer is willing to pay for a security at a given moment.[bef. 900; ME bidden, OE biddan to beg, ask; c. OFris bidda, OS biddian, OHG bittan (G bitten), ON bithja, Goth bidjan; all < Gmc *bid-ja- ( < IE *bhidh-) command, akin to Gk peíthein to persuade, inspire with trust, E BIDE]Syn. 1. charge; require, enjoin. 3. offer, tender, proffer. 11. offer, proposal; proffer.bid2/bid/, v. Archaic.pp. of bide.
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