bidden bidden  /ˈbɪ dɪn/


  1. (n) an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
  2. (n) an attempt to get something
  3. (n) a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
  4. (n) (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make
  5. (v) propose a payment
  6. (v) invoke upon
  7. (v) ask for or request earnestly
  8. (v) make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
  9. (v) make a serious effort to attain something
  10. (v) ask someone in a friendly way to do something

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  1. As the Roman Catholic faithful in America are bidden to rejoice that a risen Christ will save their souls, they now want to hear how their church is going to save itself.
  2. Bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church who countenance the monks of the Order of the Holy Cross were denounced by The Churchman and bidden to defend themselves.


  • Mary Baker Eddy wrote: "In Christianity, man bows to the infinite perfection which he is bidden to imitate" ("Unity of Good," pages 15-16).
    on Aug 26, 2004 By: Mary Baker Eddy Source: Christian Science Monitor

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propriety propriety
/prə ˈpraɪ ə ti /