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 for bidding
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bid \Bid\ (b[i^]d), v. t. [imp. Bade (b[a^]d), Bid, (Obs.)
     Bad; p. p. Bidden, Bid; p. pr. & vb. n. Bidding.]
     [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS.
     biddian, Icel. bi[eth]ja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray,
     ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. teiqein to
     persuade, L. fidere to trust, E. faith, and bide. But this
     word was early confused with OE. beden, beoden, AS.
     be['o]dan, to offer, command; akin to Icel. bj[=o][eth]a,
     Goth. biudan (in comp.), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G.
     bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. pynqa`nesqai to
     learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present
     OSlav. bud[=e]ti to be awake, E. bode, v. The word now has
     the form of OE. bidden to ask, but the meaning of OE. beden
     to command, except in "to bid beads." [root]30.]
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     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).
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     2. 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.
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              Neither bid him God speed.            --2. John 10.
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              He bids defiance to the gaping crowd. --Granrille.
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     3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [Mostly
        obs.] "Our banns thrice bid !" --Gay.
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     4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.
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              That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. --Pope
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              Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee. --Matt.
                                                    xiv. 28
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              I was bid to pick up shells.          --D. Jerrold.
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     5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.
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              As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
                                                    --Matt. xxii.
                                                    9
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     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.
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     Syn: To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command;
          direct; charge; enjoin.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bidding \Bid"ding\, n.
     1. Command; order; a proclamation or notifying. "Do thou thy
        master's bidding." --Shak.
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     2. The act or process of making bids; an offer; a proposal of
        a price, as at an auction.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bidding
      n 1: an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
           [syn: command, bid, bidding, dictation]
      2: a request to be present; "they came at his bidding" [syn:
         bidding, summons]
      3: (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to
         contract to make [syn: bid, bidding]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  40 Moby Thesaurus words for "bidding":
     beck, beck and call, behest, bid, biddance, call, calling,
     calling forth, charge, command, commandment, convocation, demand,
     dictate, dictation, direct order, direction, engraved invitation,
     evocation, hest, imperative, indent, injunction, instruction,
     invitation, invite, invocation, mandate, nod, order, pleasure,
     preconization, requisition, say-so, special order, summoning,
     summons, will, word, word of command
  
  

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