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.

Definitions of bid
  1. verb
    propose a payment
    synonyms: offer, tender
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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
  2. verb
    make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
    synonyms: call
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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
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    play
    participate in games or sport
  3. verb
    make a serious effort to attain something
    “His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population”
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    seek
    try to get or reach
  4. noun
    an attempt to get something
    “he made a bid to gain attention”
    synonyms: play
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    attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  5. noun
    a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
    synonyms: tender
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    overbid
    a bid that is higher than preceding bids
    buyout bid
    a bid to buy all of a person's holdings
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    offer, offering
    something offered (as a proposal or bid)
  6. noun
    (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make
    synonyms: bidding
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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
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    statement
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
  7. verb
    ask for or request earnestly
    “The prophet bid all people to become good persons”
    synonyms: adjure, beseech, conjure, entreat, press
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    plead
    appeal or request earnestly
  8. verb
    ask someone in a friendly way to do something
    synonyms: invite
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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
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    request
    ask (a person) to do something
  9. noun
    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
    synonyms: bidding, command, dictation
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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, mandate
    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
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    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  10. verb
    invoke upon
    bid farewell”
    synonyms: wish
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    congratulate, felicitate
    express congratulations
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    greet, recognise, recognize
    express greetings upon meeting someone
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