Definition of bidding in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: bid·ding

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