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v. bade (băd, bād) or bid, bid·den (bĭd′n) or bid, bid·ding, bids
1. past tense and past participle bid
a. To offer or propose (an amount) as a price.
b. To auction (a contract): The city will bid the project next summer.
c. To offer (someone) membership, as in a group or club: "glancing around to be sure that he had been bid by a society that he wanted" (Louis Auchincloss).
d. Games To state one's intention to take (tricks of a certain number or suit in cards): bid four hearts.
2. To utter (a greeting or salutation): I bid you farewell.
3. To issue a command to; direct: "Lee ... bid the captain sit beside him and report" (Stephen W. Sears).
4. To invite to attend; summon: The host bid the guests come to dinner.
v.intr. past tense and past participle bid
1. To make an offer to pay or accept a specified price: decided not to bid on the roll-top desk.
2. To seek to win or attain something; strive.
a. An offer to pay a certain amount of money for something: made a bid on the antique desk.
b. The amount offered or proposed: The highest bid at the auction was $5,000.
2. An invitation, especially one offering membership in a group or club.
3. An earnest effort to win or attain something: a team in a bid to win the championship; a candidate who made a bid for the presidency.
a. The act of bidding in cards.
b. The number of tricks or points declared.
c. The trump or no-trump declared.
d. The turn of a player to bid.
To outbid on one's own property at an auction in order to raise the final selling price.
To offer (work) for bids from outside contractors.
To cause (a price) to rise by increasing the amount bid: bid up the price of wheat.
To refuse to submit; offer resistance to.
To appear likely.
[Middle English bidden, to ask, command (from Old English biddan; see gwhedh- in Indo-European roots) and Middle English beden, to offer, proclaim (from Old English bēodan; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots).]
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(Commerce) (adverb) (in an auction) to outbid all previous offers for (one's own property) to retain ownership or increase the final selling price
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