bid

If you make the winning bid on an item, you offer the highest price and get to take it home. Congratulations, and enjoy your new paper weight!

Bid comes from an Old English word meaning “to offer,” which is right in line with its meaning today. To bid is the act of offering a bid, or more generally to try to get something. With several companies bidding for your services, you have a lot to consider. Tip: go where the weather's warmest.

Primary Meanings of bid

1.
vn
propose a payment
an attempt to get something
2.
vn
ask for or request earnestly
an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
3.
v
invoke upon
Full Definitions of bid
1

v propose a payment

Synonyms:
offer, tender
Types:
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by-bid
bid on behalf of someone else
subscribe
offer to buy, as of stocks and shares
overbid
bid more than the object is worth
underbid
bid too low
outbid
bid higher than others
underbid
bid lower than a competing bidder

v make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

Synonyms:
call
Types:
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raise
bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
double
bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit)
outcall
make a higher bid than (the previous bid or player); in a card game
underbid
bid (a hand of cards) at less than the strength of the hand warrants
outbid
bid over an opponent's bid when one's partner has not bid or doubled
overbid
to bid for more tricks than one can expect to win,
preempt
make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge
Type of:
play
participate in games or sport

v make a serious effort to attain something

“His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population”
Type of:
seek
try to get or reach

n an attempt to get something

“he made a bid to gain attention”
Synonyms:
play
Type of:
attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

n a formal proposal to buy at a specified price

Synonyms:
tender
Types:
overbid
a bid that is higher than preceding bids
buyout bid
a bid to buy all of a person's holdings
Type of:
offer, offering
something offered (as a proposal or bid)

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

Synonyms:
bidding
Types:
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contract, declaration
(contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
takeout
(bridge) a bid that asks your partner to bid another suit
overbid, overcall
(bridge) a bid that is higher than your opponent's bid (especially when your partner has not bid at all and your bid exceeds the value of your hand)
pre-empt, preempt, preemptive bid
a high bid that is intended to prevent the opposing players from bidding
Type of:
statement
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
2

v ask for or request earnestly

“The prophet bid all people to become good persons”
Synonyms:
adjure, beseech, conjure, entreat, press
Type of:
plead
appeal or request earnestly

v ask someone in a friendly way to do something

Synonyms:
invite
Types:
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allure, tempt
dispose or incline or entice to
challenge
issue a challenge to
provoke, stimulate
provide the needed stimulus for
counterchallenge
challenge in turn
call into question, oppugn, question
challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
impeach
challenge the honesty or veracity of
impugn
attack as false or wrong
dare, defy
challenge
call one's bluff
ask to prove what someone is claiming
call out
challenge to a duel
remand, remit, send back
refer (a matter or legal case) to another committee or authority or court for decision
appeal
take a court case to a higher court for review
action, litigate, process, sue
institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
litigate
engage in legal proceedings
Type of:
request
ask (a person) to do something

n an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

Synonyms:
bidding, command, dictation
Examples:
Ten Commandments
the biblical commandments of Moses
Types:
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countermand
a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
order
(often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
charge, commission, direction
a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
commandment
something that is commanded
injunction
a formal command or admonition
behest
an authoritative command or request
open sesame
a magical command; used by Ali Baba
marching orders
an order from a superior officer for troops to depart
summons
an order to appear in person at a given place and time
word
a verbal command for action
misdirection
an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge
Type of:
speech act
the use of language to perform some act
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v invoke upon

bid farewell”
Synonyms:
wish
Types:
congratulate, felicitate
express congratulations
Type of:
greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone

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