Definition of bidding in English:

bidding

noun

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

    ‘their first sale produced a wide range of lots and some energetic bidding’
    ‘other companies in the bidding include General Electric’
    • ‘The following year he came up short again, this time finishing runner-up to his opponent in the bidding to own the new expansion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But there were other reasons for becoming a Cane at the age of 35, when 10 other teams were in the bidding.’
    • ‘While Google's still in the bidding, that should be good for a few headlines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also in the bidding were 3i, but he preferred Bridgepoint's more hands-on philosophy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The offers made by bidding in an auction.
      ‘from a cautious opener of $30, the bidding soared to $450’
      • ‘Offers in excess of £50 needed, bidding closes on Thursday, January 20.’
      • ‘The company will be sold through a public invitation to tender through a two-stage competitive bidding.’
      • ‘On the next-to-last day of bidding, he was looking at several solid offers, the highest at $28 million.’
      • ‘Four consortia submitted offers for the competitive bidding, and one was disqualified.’
      • ‘Five cottages were to be sold as one lot but the bidding started at £300 and rose slowly to £510 when the property was withdrawn.’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.’
      • ‘Should the company not draw the level of bidding anticipated by its owners, the offer of sale could also be withdrawn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They then had the choice of upping their offer or dropping out of the bidding.’
      • ‘The tender bidding will be announced in local and foreign daily newspapers by the middle of July.’
      • ‘It was awarded last month without tendering or competitive bidding.’
      • ‘So far, though, with six days to go before bidding closes, offers have already topped 45,000 euros.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are more than 600 lots on offer and the bidding by City's diehard supporters is expected to be frantic.’
      • ‘Send me your bid and I'll post the current highest offer on the bidding page.’
      • ‘The winners of tenders, for example, are frequently decided before the bidding begins.’
      • ‘If counter offers were made then, in the limit, competitive bidding would return the league to the free agency distribution of player talent.’
      • ‘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 company won the competitive bidding thanks to its technical expertise and better financial offer.’
      • ‘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.
      • ‘The bidding continues for as many rounds as necessary until all of the players except one has passed.’
      • ‘Once bidding is terminated, all players reveal their two face-down cards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bidding begins with the player to dealer's left and continues clockwise.’
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fagging was the enforced tradition whereby younger students would do the bidding of senior students, be their freaking slaves as it were.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She tended her garden with her own hands, loving to see beautiful things grow at her bidding.’
    • ‘Sometimes they have to work at my bidding whether they like it or not.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here, they argue, the executive director doesn't lead, but rather only does the bidding of the board.’
    • ‘They had enough other servants at their bidding; two people wouldn't make much of a difference.’
    • ‘Contrary to popular belief, though, this was at the bidding of the director, not the censors, after a spate of copycat crimes.’
    • ‘Words come at his bidding and they form into sentences and paragraphs as quickly as he can bring them on.’
    • ‘I felt Hayden's hands on my face and at her bidding leaned down and placed my lips on hers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At her bidding, yesterday's service at Westminster Abbey was set around Faure's Requiem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After dinner, at his bidding, we went into the Prime Minister's study.’
    • ‘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.’
    command, order, instruction, dictate, decree, injunction, demand, mandate, direction, charge, summons, call
    wish, desire, will
    request, invitation
    behest
    hest
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Pronunciation

bidding

/ˈbidiNG/