verb (bids, bidding; past and past participle bid)
- 1 [with object] Offer (a certain price) for something, especially at an auction: a consortium of dealers bid a world record price for a snuff box [no object]: guests will bid for pieces of fine jewelleryMore example sentences
- This will give you the chance to look into potential members before they can bid on your item.
- The plaintiff said she was ‘devastated’ at the low price being bid by the purchaser.
- When he saw the six-month-old filly fresh off the range at a government auction, he bid a record $19,000 for her.
- 1.1 [no object] (bid for) (Of a contractor) offer to do (work) for a stated price; tender for: nineteen companies have indicated their intention to bid for the contractMore example sentences
- The distribution company successfully bid for the contract after tenders were invited.
- Contractors bidding for work must certify that no work will be performed out of the country.
- Companies with impeccable environmental credentials can be barred from even bidding for contracts, it reveals.
- 1.2 Bridge Make a statement during the auction undertaking to make (a certain number of tricks with a stated suit as trumps) if the bid is successful and one becomes the declarer: North bids four heartsMore example sentences
- Now each player bids a number of tricks, and you play and score according to the same rules as for three or four players.
- Players can bid any number of tricks - the bids may or may not add up to the total tricks available.
- In subsequent deals, if no one bids the trump suit remains unchanged form the previous deal.
- 2 [no object] Make an effort or attempt to achieve: [with infinitive]: she’s now bidding to become a top female model the two forwards are bidding for places in the England sideMore example sentences
try to obtain, try to get, make a pitch for, make a bid for
- Julia will be bidding for a record ninth women's singles title, while her team mates will be bidding to retain their titles.
- He will have conditions in his favour as he bids to go one better than his recent second-placed effort at Beverley and notch his first win of the campaign.
- The popular showman bids to break his duck at the ninth attempt on Saturday on the top rated juvenile of last season.
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- 1An offer of a price, especially at an auction: at the fur tables, several buyers make bids for the peltsMore example sentences
- It was close to the end of its auction and had no bids on a low starting price.
- If the property remains unsold after the auction i.e. your bid was below the reserve price, speak to the auctioneer to register your interest before leaving the saleroom.
- One punter, however, is trying to sell a city centre room on an Internet auction site with bids starting at £60.
- 1.1An offer to buy the shares of a company in order to gain control of it: a takeover bidMore example sentences
- Reports that a mystery bidder was looking to mount a takeover bid has pushed the shares to over 160p - their highest in a year.
- If yesterday's purchase of shares is the precursor to a takeover bid, those qualities will make them formidable opponents for the Manchester United board.
- The world's biggest airports operator rejected the transport company's 810p a share bid on Friday, saying it undervalued the firm.
- 1.2An offer to do work or supply goods at a stated price; a tender: a number of businessmen were keen to make a bid for the £75 million contractMore example sentences
- It is understood, however, that interest was solid and that several bids had been tendered by the time the offer period closed yesterday.
- Buyers will not be able to just do anything they want with their new refuge - the city must approve development plans before bids can even be tendered.
- A total of 161 developers failed in the tenders because their bids exceeded the upper limits.
- 1.3 Bridge An undertaking by a player in the auction to make a stated number of tricks with a stated suit as trumps: a bid of three spadesMore example sentences
- There is great variety in the special bids or actions a player may be allowed to make during his turn to bid.
- The declarer and his partner do not score any points if they do not take at least the number of tricks that the declarer bid.
- A bid of no tricks is a pass, and if all players pass, the hand is redealt by the same dealer.
- 2An attempt or effort to achieve something: he made a bid for power in 1984 [with infinitive]: an investigation would be carried out in a bid to establish what had happenedMore example sentences
- In a bid to achieve this sort of growth, a new UK graphic design division is being created to allow the company to tap into other lucrative markets.
- As they enter their final year, it is a year of anxiety and hard work, all in a bid to achieve the objective.
- After losing another planning appeal, residents have fortified the site in a bid to prevent attempts to forcibly remove them.
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- And a host of holiday's and weekend breaks will be on offer to bidders, including a trip of a lifetime to Rio.
- He said the question was whether the other prospective bidders knew about that possibility.
- At the first stage of the bidding, seven bidders were shortlisted from the original fifteen.
Old English bēodan 'to offer, command', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bieden and German bieten.
verb (bids, bidding; past bid or bade; past participle bid)[with object]
- 1Utter (a greeting or farewell) to: James bade a tearful farewell to his parentsMore example sentences
- Visitors had a chance to attend mass on Sunday morning, celebrating the association, before they bid tearful farewells at the parting lunch.
- The Radio 1 DJ bade a tearful farewell on her last day as host of the breakfast show.
- Hundreds of mourners bid a tearful farewell to the tragic teenager and friends donned specially-made replica England shirts bearing his name.
- 2 • archaic or • literary Command or order (someone) to do something: I did as he bade meMore example sentences
- The wizard bade his apprentice sit upon another directly opposite, and Anest obeyed, wondering.
- I was then but a simple handmaid who did as I was bid.
- After they left, he wrote the stories she bade him to.
- 2.1Invite (someone) to do something: he bade his companions enterMore example sentences
- The same maid-servant entered, but a little confused as to why Chloe stated that the door was open instead of bidding her to enter.
- If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
- A short, soft knock came on the wooden door, and presently the call of an elderly woman's voice bid her visitor enter.
bid fair to
- • archaic or • literary Seem likely to: the girl bade fair to be prettyMore example sentences
- I think that he clearly has participated strongly in the formulation of what bids fair to be a successful campaign.
- Michael has still to celebrate his 19th birthday and bids fair to be a star footballer for club and county in the years ahead.
- Though it is at present in its infancy it bids fair to render us valuable assistance; but, so far at least, we have little reason to think that it will ever rival the fingers and the ears for delicacy and exactitude of diagnosis.
Old English biddan 'ask', of Germanic origin; related to German bitten.