bid·ding / ˈbiding/ • n. 1. the offering of particular prices for something, esp. at an auction: their first sale produced a wide range of lots and some energetic bidding. ∎ the offers made in such a situation: from a cautious opener of $30, the bidding soared to $450. ∎ (in bridge and whist) the action of stating before play how many tricks one intends to make.2. the ordering or requesting of someone to do something: the clandestine associations that would act at their bidding. PHRASES: do someone's bidding do what someone orders or requests, typically in a way considered overly slavish.