Definition of bidding in English:


Syllabification: bid·ding
Pronunciation: /ˈbidiNG


  • 1The offering of particular prices for something, especially at an auction: their first sale produced a wide range of lots and some energetic bidding other companies in the bidding include General Electric
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    • Mick offered his services as a dance partner and was a big attraction with the ladies, fetching the highest price of €200 in the bidding.
    • Now, if their idea is to only have production companies in the bidding to ensure that the company stays in the business of production, then have criteria that are reasonable.
    • Also in the bidding were 3i, but he preferred Bridgepoint's more hands-on philosophy.
  • 1.1The offers made by bidding in an auction: from a cautious opener of $30, the bidding soared to $450
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    • With an international radio company joining his team, this is ensuring a keen contest for the licence, which will be offered for public bidding next month.
    • Four consortia submitted offers for the competitive bidding, and one was disqualified.
    • There are more than 600 lots on offer and the bidding by City's diehard supporters is expected to be frantic.
  • 1.2(In bridge and whist) the action of stating before play how many tricks one intends to make.
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    • It is best for 5 or 4 players, and features a novel and ingenious method of bidding to choose the trumps and partnerships.
    • Once bidding is terminated, all players reveal their two face-down cards.
    • The bidding begins with the player to dealer's left and continues clockwise.
  • 2The ordering or requesting of someone to do something: the clandestine associations that would act at their bidding [in singular]: I never needed a second bidding
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    • A wealth of ideas issued from his lips, jest and wit and good humour were at his bidding, and his instructional lecture was also the most fascinating entertainment.
    • There was no sense of straining to recapture lost magic: it simply appeared, as if at his bidding.
    • At her bidding, yesterday's service at Westminster Abbey was set around Faure's Requiem.


do someone's bidding

Do what someone orders or requests, typically in a way considered overly slavish.
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  • Your minions need constant care and attention in order to do your bidding.
  • So to ensure no mortal would know of their existence they ordered him to do their bidding.
  • He also possesses the ability to communicate with insects and order them to do his bidding.

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