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 (băd, bād)
A past tense of bid.


(bæd; beɪd) or


past tense of bid



v. bade bid, bid•den bid, bid•ding, v.t.
1. to command; order; direct: to bid them depart.
2. to say as a greeting, wish, etc.: to bid good night.
3. to offer (a certain sum) as the price one will charge or pay: They bid $25,000 and got the contract.
4. to enter a bid of (a given quantity or suit at cards).
5. to offer or declare: to bid defiance.
6. to invite.
7. to command; order; direct: Do as I bid.
8. to make a bid.
9. bid up, to increase the market price of by increasing bids.
10. an act or instance of bidding.
a. an offer to make a specified number of points or to take a specified number of card tricks.
b. the amount of such an offer.
c. the turn of a person to bid.
12. an invitation: a bid to join a club.
13. an attempt to attain some goal or purpose.
14. the highest price a prospective buyer is willing to pay for a security during a trading period.
bid fair, to seem likely.
[before 900; Middle English bidden, Old English biddan to beg]
bid′der, n.


(in prescriptions) twice a day.
[< Latin bis in diē]
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Noun1.bade - a Chadic language spoken in northern NigeriaBade - a Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria
West Chadic - a group of Chadic languages spoken in northern Nigeria; Hausa in the most important member
References in classic literature ?
She woke Meg with a "Merry Christmas," and bade her see what was under her pillow.
When they emerged from the cottage Robert bade Edna good-night.
Chingachgook had caught the look, and motioning with his hand, he bade him speak.
I sold my farm on the Yadkin, and what goods we could not carry with us; and on the twenty-fifth day of September, 1773, bade a farewel to our friends, and proceeded on our journey to Kentucke, in company with five families more, and forty men that joined us in Powel's Valley, which is one hundred and fifty miles from the now settled parts of Kentucke.
The impression of its actual state, at this distance of a hundred and sixty years, darkens inevitably through the picture which we would fain give of its appearance on the morning when the Puritan magnate bade all the town to be his guests.
Hester bade little Pearl run down to the margin of the water, and play with the shells and tangled sea-weed, until she should have talked awhile with yonder gatherer of herbs.