bid, play

(noun) an attempt to get something; “they made a futile play for power”; “he made a bid to gain attention”

bid, bidding

(noun) (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make

bid, tender

(noun) a formal proposal to buy at a specified price

command, bid, bidding, dictation

(noun) an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

bid, beseech, entreat, adjure, press, conjure

(verb) ask for or request earnestly; “The prophet bid all people to become good persons”

invite, bid

(verb) ask someone in a friendly way to do something

wish, bid

(verb) invoke upon; “wish you a nice evening”; “bid farewell”


(verb) make a serious effort to attain something; “His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population”

offer, bid, tender

(verb) propose a payment; “The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting”

bid, call

(verb) make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; “He called his trump”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



BID (not comparable)

(medicine) Initialism of bis in diē..: twice a day, two times per day.

Usage notes

Commonly written as: "amoxicillin 500 mg BID", read as: "500 milligram dosage of amoxicillin, taken two times a day (totalling 1000mg)".


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Etymology 1


bid (third-person singular simple present bids, present participle bidding, simple past bade or bad or bid, past participle bidden or bid)

(transitive) To issue a command; to tell.

(transitive) To invite; to summon.

(transitive) To utter a greeting or salutation.

Usage notes

The inflected forms bade, bad, and bidden are archaic. They remain in marginal use, particularly in greetings, as in “bade farewell”, but uninflected bid is significantly more common, and bidden is especially rare.

When bidden does occur, it is usually in an elevated, ironical, or metaphorical style, e.g "I have bidden farewell to my prospects of promotion."

When bade (spelled bad so rarely that this variant is not mentioned in most dictionaries) is used in formal speech, the pronunciation /bæd/ may be heard. However, when a dated text with the spelling bade is read aloud or recited (e.g. on stage, in school, or in church etc.) the spelling pronunciation /beɪd/ is quite usual.

Etymology 2


bid (third-person singular simple present bids, present participle bidding, simple past and past participle bid)

(intransitive) To make an offer to pay or accept a certain price.

(transitive) To offer as a price.

(intransitive) To make an attempt.

(ambitransitive, card games) To announce (one's goal), before starting play.

(obsolete) To proclaim (a bede, prayer); to pray.


bid (plural bids)

An offer at an auction, or to carry out a piece of work.

(ultimate frisbee) A (failed) attempt to receive or intercept a pass.

An attempt, effort, or pursuit (of a goal).


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Source: Wiktionary

Bid, v. t. [imp. Bade, Bid, (Obs.) Bad; p. p. Bidden, Bid; p. pr. & vb. n. Bidding.] Etym: [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS. biddian, Icel. bi, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. to persuade, L. fidere to trust, E. faith, and bide. But this word was early confused with OE. beden, beoden, AS. beódan, to offer, command; akin to Icel. bj, Goth. biudan (in comp.), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G. bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. to learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present OSlav. bud 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." sq. root30.]

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. 9 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.


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


Definition: imp. & p. p. of Bid.

Bid, n.

Definition: 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.

Bid, v. i. Etym: [See Bid, v. t.]

1. To pray. [Obs.] Chaucer.

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

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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