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BID (bade, bidden, bidding)

Pronunciation (US): Play

 Dictionary entry overview: What does bid mean? 

BID (noun)
  The noun BID has 4 senses:

1. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
2. an attempt to get something
3. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
4. (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make

  Familiarity information: BID used as a noun is uncommon.


BID (verb)
  The verb BID has 6 senses:

1. propose a payment
2. invoke upon
3. ask for or request earnestly
4. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
5. make a serious effort to attain something
6. ask someone in a friendly way to do something

  Familiarity information: BID used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BID (noun)


Sense 1bid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An authoritative direction or instruction to do something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

dictation; command; bidding; bid

Hypernyms ("bid" is a kind of...):

speech act (the use of language to perform some act)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bid"):

open sesame (a magical command; used by Ali Baba)

behest (an authoritative command or request)

injunction (a formal command or admonition)

commandment (something that is commanded)

charge; commission; direction (a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something)

order ((often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed)

countermand (a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command)


Sense 2bid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An attempt to get something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

bid; play

Context examples:

they made a futile play for power / he made a bid to gain attention

Hypernyms ("bid" is a kind of...):

attempt; effort; endeavor; endeavour; try (earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something)


Sense 3bid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A formal proposal to buy at a specified price

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

bid; tender

Hypernyms ("bid" is a kind of...):

offer; offering (something offered (as a proposal or bid))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bid"):

buyout bid (a bid to buy all of a person's holdings)

overbid (a bid that is higher than preceding bids)


Sense 4bid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

bidding; bid

Hypernyms ("bid" is a kind of...):

statement (a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc)

Domain category:

bridge (any of various card games based on whist for four players)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bid"):

contract; declaration ((contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make)

takeout ((bridge) a bid that asks your partner to bid another suit)

overbid; overcall ((bridge) a bid that is higher than your opponent's bid (especially when your partner has not bid at all and your bid exceeds the value of your hand))

pre-empt; preempt; preemptive bid (a high bid that is intended to prevent the opposing players from bidding)

Holonyms ("bid" is a part of...):

bridge (any of various card games based on whist for four players)


BID (verb)


Sense 1bid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Propose a payment

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

bid; tender; offer

Context example:

The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting

"Bid" entails doing...:

bargain; dicker (negotiate the terms of an exchange)

Domain category:

auction; auction sale; vendue (the public sale of something to the highest bidder)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bid"):

underbid (bid lower than a competing bidder)

outbid (bid higher than others)

underbid (bid too low)

overbid (bid more than the object is worth)

subscribe (offer to buy, as of stocks and shares)

by-bid (bid on behalf of someone else)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2bid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Invoke upon

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

bid; wish

Context examples:

wish you a nice evening / bid farewell

Hypernyms (to "bid" is one way to...):

greet; recognise; recognize (express greetings upon meeting someone)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bid"):

congratulate; felicitate (express congratulations)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 3bid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ask for or request earnestly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

adjure; beseech; entreat; conjure; bid; press

Context example:

The prophet bid all people to become good persons

Hypernyms (to "bid" is one way to...):

plead (appeal or request earnestly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Sense 4bid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

bid; call

Context example:

He called his trump

Hypernyms (to "bid" is one way to...):

play (participate in games or sport)

Domain category:

card game; cards (a game played with playing cards)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bid"):

overbid (to bid for more tricks than one can expect to win,)

outbid (bid over an opponent's bid when one's partner has not bid or doubled)

underbid (bid (a hand of cards) at less than the strength of the hand warrants)

outcall (make a higher bid than (the previous bid or player); in a card game)

double (bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit))

raise (bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level)

preempt (make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 5bid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a serious effort to attain something

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population

Hypernyms (to "bid" is one way to...):

seek (try to get or reach)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6bid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ask someone in a friendly way to do something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

invite; bid

Hypernyms (to "bid" is one way to...):

request (ask (a person) to do something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bid"):

challenge (issue a challenge to)

allure; tempt (dispose or incline or entice to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They bid him to write the letter


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