What does the word bade mean?

Usage examples for bade

  1. " The count bade me ask you if you had need of money? – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  2. " I want to lead this people, Granny," he said, after she had bade him sit down. – The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones
  3. " Follow me, please," bade the monk. – The Cry at Midnight by Mildred A. Wirt