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bid

verb  /bɪd/ us  

bid verb (OFFER)

[I/T] (present participle bidding, past tense and past participle bid) to offer a particular amount of money for something when competing against other people to buy it: [T] A collector bid $500,000 for the portrait. [I/T] (present participle bidding, past tense and past participle bid) People who bid for/on a job offer to do it for a particular amount of money. [I/T] (present participle bidding, past tense and past participle bid) Someone who bids to do something competes with others to do it: [I] Paris is bidding to host the next Olympics.

bid verb (TELL)

[T] (present participle bidding, past tense bid or bade  /bæd, beɪd/, past participle bidden  /ˈbɪd·ən/ or bid) to give a greeting to someone, or to ask someone to do something: He bade us farewell.

bid

noun [C]  /bɪd/ us  

bid noun [C] (OFFER)

an offer of a particular amount of money for something that is for sale: The minimum bid for these dolls is $75. A bid is also an offer to do a job for a particular price: His bid to build the garage was too high. A bid for something is an attempt to achieve or obtain it: Her bid for reelection was unsuccessful.
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