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biddan, class 5 strong verb. 1. ask; pray. 2. ask for something (gen.). 3. tell (to do something).

These spellings occur in the Old English Aerobics texts:

 singularplural
infinitivebiddan
present indicative1bidde biddan
2
3bideð
past indicative1bæd bǣdon
2bǣde
3bæd
present subjunctive
past subjunctivebǣde
imperativeġebiddæs

This word occurs 27 times in the Old English Aerobics Anthology. To see a list of occurrences of biddan in a text, click a title below. Click a line- or sentence-number to see the word in context.

Beowulf

  • 29. bæd. asked.
  • 1994. bæd. asked.
  • 3096. bæd. asked.

Battle of Maldon

  • 20 bæd. asked.
  • 87 bǣdon. asked.
  • 128 bæd. asked.
  • 170 bæd. told.
  • 257 bæd. asked.
  • 262 bǣdon. asked, prayed.
  • 306 bǣdon. asked.

Boethius on Fame

Husband's Message

  • 13 biddan. ask.

Judith

  • 84 biddan. ask for.
  • 187 biddan. ask.

Life of St Æthelthryth

Lyric for Advent

  • 10 bideð. asks.

Story of Cædmon

Ælfric on the Book of Job

Exercises and sample sentences

  • bǣdon. asked.
  • bǣde. asked.
  • bidde. ask.
  • biddan. pray.
  • ġebiddæs. ask.
  • biddan. ask.