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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.]



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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.]

BID, n.

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.]

  1. 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.]
  2. 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.
  3. To offer; to propose; as, to bid a price at an auction.
  4. To proclaim; to make known by a public voice. [Obs.] Our bans thrice bid. – Shak.
  5. To pronounce or declare; as, to bid a welcome.
  6. To denounce, or threaten; as, to bid defiance.
  7. 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.

Bid
  1. 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).
  2. imp. *** p. p. of Bid.
  3. 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 offered.
  4. To pray.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  5. 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.

    Neither bid him God speed.
    2. John 10.

    He bids defiance to the gaping crowd.
    Granrille.

  6. To make a bid; to state what one will pay or take.
  7. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known.

    [Mostly obs.] "Our banns thrice bid !" Gay.
  8. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.

    That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow.
    Pope

    Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee.
    Matt. xiv. 28

    I was bid to pick up shells.
    D. Jerrold.

  9. To invite; to call in; to request to come.

    As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
    Matt. xxii. 9

    To bid beads, to pray with beads, as the Roman Catholics; to distinguish each bead by a prayer. [Obs.] -- To bid defiance to , to defy openly; to brave. -- To bid fair, to offer a good prospect; to make fair promise; to seem likely.

    Syn. -- To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command; direct; charge; enjoin.

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Bid

BID, verb transitive preterit tense bid or bade; participle passive bid bidden. [Latin 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. Mattew 22:9.

This sense is antiquated, but we have the same word from the Latin, in invite, [in and bid ]

2. 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. Matthew 14:28.

3. To offer; to propose; as, to bid a price at an auction.

4. To proclaim; to make known by a public voice.

Our bans thrice bid

5. To pronounce or declare; as, to bid a welcome.

6. To denounce, or threaten; as, to bid defiance.

7. To wish or pray.

Neither bid him good speed. John 10:1.

To bid beads, is to pray with beads, as the Catholics; to distinguish each bead by a prayer.

Also, to charge parishioners to say a number of paternosters.

To bid fair, is to open or offer a good prospect; to appear fair.

BID or BID'DEN, participle passive of bid Invited; offered; commanded.

BID, noun An offer of a price; a word much used at auctions.

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