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Dictionary Definition

bid

Noun

1 an authoritative direction or instruction to do something [syn: command, bidding, dictation]
2 an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention" [syn: play]
3 a formal proposal to buy at a specified price [syn: tender]
4 (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make [syn: bidding]

Verb

1 propose a payment; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting" [syn: offer, tender]
2 invoke upon; "wish you a nice evening"; "bid farewell" [syn: wish]
3 ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons" [syn: beseech, entreat, adjure, press, conjure]
4 make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; "He called his trump" [syn: call]
5 make a serious effort to attain something; "His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population"
6 ask someone in a friendly way to do something [syn: invite] [also: bidding, bidden, bade]bidding

Noun

1 an authoritative direction or instruction to do something [syn: command, bid, dictation]
2 a request to be present; "they came at his bidding" [syn: summons]
3 (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make [syn: bid]bidding See bid

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb

bidding
  1. present participle of bid

Extensive Definition

''Bidding is an offer (often competitive) of setting a price one is willing to pay for something. A price offer is called a bid. The term may be used in context of auctions, stock exchange or card games.
"Bidding up" means rising a price for an item by a series of rising bids. It may be unlawful, if done by a group of persons with an interest in rising the price. In traditional auctions, bidding up is a natural course of events. Since 1990s, with the emergence of online auctions, reverse auctions gained popularity, in which the traditional roles of buyers and sellers are reversed, and the goal of bidding is to drive the price down, similar to bid shopping practice of selecting a contractor to do a job.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

beck, beck and call, behest, bid, biddance, call, calling, calling forth, charge, command, commandment, convocation, demand, dictate, dictation, direct order, direction, engraved invitation, evocation, hest, imperative, indent, injunction, instruction, invitation, invite, invocation, mandate, nod, order, pleasure, preconization, requisition, say-so, special order, summoning, summons, will, word, word of command
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