BID, v.t. pret. bid, or bade; pp. bid, bidden. [L. peto, to drive at, to attack, to ask, to desire, to beseech, anciently beto; impetus. Applied to the voice, it denotes utterance, a driving of sounds, which is applied to asking, prayer, and command. Class Bd.]1. To ask; to request; to invite.Go ye into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. Math.22.This sense is antiquated, but we have the same word from the Latin, in invite, [in and bid.]
An offer of a price: a word much used at auctions.
BID, v.t. [pret. bid or bade; pp. bid, bidden. Sax. biddan; Goth. bidyan; to ask, request or pray; Sax. beodan, to command; bead, one who persuades or exhorts; Sw. bidia, to ask or entreat; D. bieden, to offer, or bid; gebieden, to command; G. bieten, to offer; gebieten, entbieten, to command; Dan. beder, to pray, or desire; byder, to command, to bid, to offer, to invite; L. peto, to drive at, to attack, to ask, to desire, to beseech, anciently beto; Ir. impidhim, to beseech; Sp. and Port. pedir, to ask or beg; Sans. badi, padi, petir, botti, a commander; Ch. פיט fat, to pray or beseech; Eth. ፈተወ fato, or fatho, to desire. The primary sense is, to press forward, to drive, to urge; hence L. impetus. Applied to the voice, it denotes utterance, a driving of sounds, which is applied to asking, prayer, and command. Class Bd.]
- To ask; to request; to invite.
Go ye into the highways, and as many as ye shalt find, bid to the marriage. – Matth. xxii.
This sense is antiquated, but we have the same word from the Latin, in incite, [in and bid.]
- To command; to order or direct.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come to thee on the water. – Matth. xiv.
- To offer; to propose; as, to bid a price at an auction.
- To proclaim; to make known by a public voice. [Obs.]
Our bans thrice bid. – Shak.
- To pronounce or declare; as, to bid a welcome.
- To denounce, or threaten; as, to bid defiance.
- To wish or pray.
Neither bid him God speed. [A mistake for good speed.] – 2 John 10.
To bid beads, is to pray with beads, as the Catholics; to distinguish each bead by a prayer. – Johnson.
Also, to charge parishioners to say a number of paternosters. – Encyc.
To bid fair, is to open or offer a good prospect; to appear fair.
- To make an offer of; to propose. Specifically :
To offer to pay ( a certain price, as for a thing put up at auction), or to
take (a certain price, as for work to be done under a contract).
- imp. *** p. p. of
- An offer of a price, especially
at auctions] a statement of a sum which one will give for something to be
received, or will take for something to be done or furnished; that which is
- To pray.
- To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a
greeting, a threat, or defiance, etc.; as, to bid one welcome; to
bid good morning, farewell, etc.
- To make a bid; to state what one will pay or
- To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make
- To order; to direct; to enjoin; to
- To invite; to call in; to request to