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bidding

[ bid-ing ]SEE DEFINITION OF bidding
  • nouncommand
  • nounoffering of money, services

Synonyms for bidding

  • behest
  • call
  • charge
  • demand
  • dictate
  • direction
  • injunction
  • instruction
  • invitation
  • mandate
  • order
  • request
  • summons
  • word
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Antonyms for bidding

  • answer
  • question
  • reply
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BIDDING

Armies would fight for his favour at the bidding of queens—to get what I have!

After a time, too, the visions vanish, and will not appear again at my bidding.

He ran to perform my bidding, and quickly returned with his mother.

Nicholas bowed, and bidding him good-morning, turned upon his heel.

This Robin handed to Will Scarlet, bidding him to read the same.

An instant his superb eye resented, but then he pleasantly did my bidding.

The boys promised that they would, and, bidding the farmer good-day they started off.

Miggs departed at his bidding, but less because of his bidding than because she desired to chuckle in secret.

“Believe that you have received”: at His bidding you dare claim the answer.

And they ran as if their life was at stake to do his bidding; were so active that they seemed to be ubiquitous.

WORD ORIGIN

probably a merger of two old words: The sense in bid farewell is from Old English biddan "to ask, entreat, pray, beseech; order; beg" (class V strong verb, past tense bæd, past participle beden), from Proto-Germanic *bidjan "to pray, entreat" (cf. German bitten "to ask," attested from 8c.), which, according to Kluge and Watkins is from a PIE root *gwhedh- "to ask, pray" (see bead (n.)).

To bid at an auction, meanwhile, is from Old English beodan "offer, proclaim" (class II strong verb; past tense bead, p.p. boden), from Proto-Germanic *biudanan "to stretch out, reach out, offer, present," (cf. German bieten "to offer"), from PIE root *bh(e)udh- "to be aware, make aware" (cf. Sanskrit bodhati "is awake, is watchful, observes," buddhah "awakened, enlightened;" Old Church Slavonic bljudo "to observe;" Lithuanian budeti "to be awake;" Old Irish buide "contentment, thanks"). As a noun, 1788, from the verb.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BIDDING

behest

nounorder; personal decree

charges

nouncommand
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