1. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something;
[syn: command, bid, bidding, dictation]
2. an attempt to get something;
- Example: "they made a futile play for power"
- Example: "he made a bid to gain attention"
[syn: bid, play]
3. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price;
[syn: bid, tender]
4. (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make;
[syn: bid, bidding]
1. propose a payment;
- Example: "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"
[syn: offer, bid, tender]
2. invoke upon;
- Example: "wish you a nice evening"
- Example: "bid farewell"
[syn: wish, bid]
3. ask for or request earnestly;
- Example: "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
[syn: bid, beseech, entreat, adjure, press, conjure]
4. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands;
- Example: "He called his trump"
[syn: bid, call]
5. make a serious effort to attain something;
- Example: "His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population"
6. ask someone in a friendly way to do something;
[syn: invite, bid]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bid \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.] [1913 Webster] 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). [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Neither bid him God speed. --2. John 10. [1913 Webster] He bids defiance to the gaping crowd. --Granrille. [1913 Webster] 3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [Mostly obs.] "Our banns thrice bid !" --Gay. [1913 Webster] 4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command. [1913 Webster] That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. --Pope [1913 Webster] Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee. --Matt. xiv. 28 [1913 Webster] I was bid to pick up shells. --D. Jerrold. [1913 Webster] 5. To invite; to call in; to request to come. [1913 Webster] As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. --Matt. xxii. 9 [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command; direct; charge; enjoin. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 offered. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bid \Bid\, imp. & p. p. of Bid. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bid \Bid\, v. i. [See Bid, v. t.] 1. To pray. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To make a bid; to state what one will pay or take. [1913 Webster]V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
BID Bugtraq IDentification (Securityfocus)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
137 Moby Thesaurus words for "bid": adjuration, advance, appeal, approach, ask, asking price, assay, attempt, bargain, bargain price, beat down, beseechment, bid for, bid in, bid price, bid up, biddance, bidding, call, call on, call the signals, call upon, calling, cash price, chaffer, charge, cheapen, clamor, command, commission, controlled price, crack, cry, current price, current quotation, cut price, declare, decree, dicker, dictate, direct, drive a bargain, effort, endeavor, engraved invitation, enjoin, entreaty, essay, experiment, feeler, fixed price, flat rate, fling, gambit, give an order, give the word, go, going price, haggle, higgle, huckster, imploration, imploring, imprecation, instruct, invitation, invite, invocation, invocatory plea, issue a command, issue a writ, jew down, lick, list price, make a bid, make an offer, mandate, market price, move, neat price, negotiate, net, obsecration, obtestation, offer, offer to buy, offering, ordain, order, order about, outbid, overture, package price, piece price, plea, prayer, preliminary approach, presentation, price list, prices current, proclaim, proffer, promulgate, pronounce, quotation, quoted price, recommended price, request, rogation, rule, say the word, selling price, shill, shot, stab, step, stock market quotations, stroke, strong bid, submission, suit, summon, summons, supplication, tell, tentative, tentative approach, trade price, trial, trial and error, try, underbid, undertaking, unit price, warn, whack, wholesale price