Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
grammatical pattern:
verb + obj + obj, verb smby + inf, verb smby + bare inf.
Word Combinations (verb, noun)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bids, bidding, bade, bid, bidden
definition 1: to say to.
He bid her good morning.[verb + obj + obj ]
say to, tell, wish
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definition 2: to direct; command.
The captain bids you to carry out these instructions.[verb smby + inf ] His formidable aunt bade him enter the room.[verb smby + bare inf. ]
command, direct, enjoin, instruct, order, require, tell
similar words:
adjure, ask, charge, demand, dictate, insist, summon
definition 3: to offer (a price).
He bid two hundred dollars for the antique vase.
offer, proffer, propose, submit, suggest, tender
similar words:
advance, extend, pay
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to direct; ask.
Please do as I bid.
ask, direct, order, request
similar words:
command, demand, dictate, prescribe
definition 2: to put out an offer to buy something at a certain price or to do a job for a certain price.
Only a few people bid on that silver tea set.Do you ever bid at auctions?Many contractors were anxious to bid on the proposed housing project.
similar words:
offer, propose
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an offer to buy something at a certain price or to do a job for a certain price.
Their bid was too low for such a valuable work of art.Another couple has also placed a bid on the house.The town council accepted their company's bid to build the new recreation center.
offer, offering, proffer
similar words:
proposal, proposition, submission
definition 2: (informal) an invitation.
He received a bid to join the association.
invitation, offer, request
similar words:
petition, proposal, solicitation
definition 3: a serious attempt to attain something.
They're both making a bid for the chairmanship.
attempt, try
similar words:
aim, crack, effort, endeavor, offer
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derivation: bidder (n.)