Definition of bidding in English:

bidding

noun

  • 1The offering of particular prices for something, especially at an auction.

    ‘other companies in the bidding include General Electric’
    ‘their first sale produced a wide range of lots and some energetic bidding’
    • ‘Now, if their idea is to only have production companies in the bidding to ensure that the company stays in the business of production, then have criteria that are reasonable.’
    • ‘Also in the bidding were 3i, but he preferred Bridgepoint's more hands-on philosophy.’
    • ‘Mitsubishi is still working on details of a bid including how much it will propose to pay and if it should form a partnership with other companies in the bidding, he said.’
    • ‘But if they do, expect the Red Sox, who tried for Sosa four years ago, to be in the bidding as well.’
    • ‘The Saints and Seahawks also were in the bidding, but he preferred to be traded to the Panthers.’
    • ‘Mick offered his services as a dance partner and was a big attraction with the ladies, fetching the highest price of €200 in the bidding.’
    • ‘While Google's still in the bidding, that should be good for a few headlines.’
    • ‘But there were other reasons for becoming a Cane at the age of 35, when 10 other teams were in the bidding.’
    • ‘The following year he came up short again, this time finishing runner-up to his opponent in the bidding to own the new expansion.’
    1. 1.1 The offers made by bidding in an auction.
      ‘from a cautious opener of $30, the bidding soared to $450’
      • ‘The company won the competitive bidding thanks to its technical expertise and better financial offer.’
      • ‘There was a lack of clarity about the chosen financial model and the decision to award a concession had been made without competitive bidding or a tender.’
      • ‘Four consortia submitted offers for the competitive bidding, and one was disqualified.’
      • ‘With an international radio company joining his team, this is ensuring a keen contest for the licence, which will be offered for public bidding next month.’
      • ‘So far, though, with six days to go before bidding closes, offers have already topped 45,000 euros.’
      • ‘It was awarded last month without tendering or competitive bidding.’
      • ‘Offers in excess of £50 needed, bidding closes on Thursday, January 20.’
      • ‘There are more than 600 lots on offer and the bidding by City's diehard supporters is expected to be frantic.’
      • ‘Five cottages were to be sold as one lot but the bidding started at £300 and rose slowly to £510 when the property was withdrawn.’
      • ‘The contract, however, could not be concluded since there was only a single offer at this round of the bidding.’
      • ‘Members of the tender committee or project leaders usually had set up their own men as the winners of the tender before the bidding even began.’
      • ‘The tender bidding will be announced in local and foreign daily newspapers by the middle of July.’
      • ‘If counter offers were made then, in the limit, competitive bidding would return the league to the free agency distribution of player talent.’
      • ‘They then had the choice of upping their offer or dropping out of the bidding.’
      • ‘Send me your bid and I'll post the current highest offer on the bidding page.’
      • ‘On the next-to-last day of bidding, he was looking at several solid offers, the highest at $28 million.’
      • ‘Should the company not draw the level of bidding anticipated by its owners, the offer of sale could also be withdrawn.’
      • ‘The winners of tenders, for example, are frequently decided before the bidding begins.’
      • ‘The company will be sold through a public invitation to tender through a two-stage competitive bidding.’
      • ‘On reaching the magical €16m mark, the bidding then rose in multiples of €100,000.’
      bids, offers, tenders
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    2. 1.2 (in bridge and whist) the action of stating before play how many tricks one intends to make.
      • ‘It is best for 5 or 4 players, and features a novel and ingenious method of bidding to choose the trumps and partnerships.’
      • ‘There is only one round of bidding and the player who bids the highest number of points becomes the soloist.’
      • ‘Once bidding is terminated, all players reveal their two face-down cards.’
      • ‘The bidding begins with the player to dealer's left and continues clockwise.’
      • ‘The bidding continues for as many rounds as necessary until all of the players except one has passed.’
  • 2The ordering or requesting of someone to do something.

    ‘the clandestine associations that would act at their bidding’
    in singular ‘I never needed a second bidding’
    • ‘Because the question was so kindly expressed, it took her several moments to realize that this was the rude question that he had asked at her bidding.’
    • ‘At her bidding I followed Phyllis up a narrow flight of stairs and into the house's first-floor sitting room.’
    • ‘It would not be evident to everybody that they rode every day in a splendid carriage, and that all the servants were ready to run at their bidding.’
    • ‘Here, they argue, the executive director doesn't lead, but rather only does the bidding of the board.’
    • ‘At her bidding, yesterday's service at Westminster Abbey was set around Faure's Requiem.’
    • ‘Fagging was the enforced tradition whereby younger students would do the bidding of senior students, be their freaking slaves as it were.’
    • ‘Contrary to popular belief, though, this was at the bidding of the director, not the censors, after a spate of copycat crimes.’
    • ‘They had enough other servants at their bidding; two people wouldn't make much of a difference.’
    • ‘I didn't need a second bidding and after warning my people not to talk if we met sentries but to have faith in me, we pushed ahead.’
    • ‘It comes not at the behest of some charismatic national leader or the bidding of some strident national organization.’
    • ‘I came at his bidding, and now I find he's not available for some reason no one will explain.’
    • ‘Words come at his bidding and they form into sentences and paragraphs as quickly as he can bring them on.’
    • ‘Sometimes they have to work at my bidding whether they like it or not.’
    • ‘After dinner, at his bidding, we went into the Prime Minister's study.’
    • ‘I felt Hayden's hands on my face and at her bidding leaned down and placed my lips on hers.’
    • ‘She tended her garden with her own hands, loving to see beautiful things grow at her bidding.’
    • ‘A wealth of ideas issued from his lips, jest and wit and good humour were at his bidding, and his instructional lecture was also the most fascinating entertainment.’
    • ‘There was no sense of straining to recapture lost magic: it simply appeared, as if at his bidding.’
    • ‘At her bidding the servants lifted Rachel from her bed to arrange her sheets.’
    • ‘What can be learned from this episode is that professional people in charge of law enforcement don't have to do the bidding of their masters when it comes to wrongdoing.’
    command, order, instruction, dictate, decree, injunction, demand, mandate, direction, charge, summons, call
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Phrases

  • do someone's bidding

    • Do what someone orders or requests, typically in a way considered overly slavish.

      • ‘Either way, we nod politely and do their bidding as we once did for czars and sultans.’
      • ‘Stalin trained his secret police to do his bidding whenever he issued an order.’
      • ‘And now they have one more foot soldier doing their bidding from the bench.’
      • ‘He also possesses the ability to communicate with insects and order them to do his bidding.’
      • ‘Your minions need constant care and attention in order to do your bidding.’
      • ‘His team grumbled and did his bidding for a few days.’
      • ‘They can give orders and people rushed to do their bidding.’
      • ‘They're doing their bidding in a way, and unfortunately they're being very successful.’
      • ‘So to ensure no mortal would know of their existence they ordered him to do their bidding.’
      • ‘Our credibility is not about getting the Senate to do our bidding.’

Pronunciation

bidding

/ˈbɪdɪŋ//ˈbidiNG/