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"bid" in British English

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bidverb

uk   us   /bɪd/

bid verb (OFFER)

C2 [I or T] (present participle bidding, past tense bid, past participle bid) to ​offer a ​particularamount of ​money for something that is for ​sale and ​compete against other ​people to ​buy it, ​especially at a ​publicsale of ​goods or ​property: She ​knew she couldn't ​afford it, so she didn't bid. The ​communicationsgroup has ​shown an ​interest in ​bidding for the ​company. A ​foreigncollector has bid $500,000 for the ​portrait. [+ two objects] What am I bid for this ​finevase? [I] (present participle bidding, past tense bid, past participle bid) If two or more ​people bid for a ​job, they ​compete with each other to do the ​work by ​offering to do it for a ​particularamount of ​money: The ​department is ​trying to ​ensurefairercompetition among ​firmsbidding forcitycontracts. [T + to infinitive] (present participle bidding, past tense bid, past participle bid) If someone bids to do something, they ​compete with other ​people to do it: Paris is ​bidding tohost the next Olympics. [I or T] (present participle bidding, past tense bid, past participle bid) (in some ​cardgames) to say, before ​playstarts, how many ​points you ​expect to ​win in a ​particulargame: Before you ​decide how to bid, you need to ​evaluate how ​strong the ​hand of ​cards you are ​holding is. She bid three ​diamonds.
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bid verb (TELL)

[T] (present participle bidding, past tense bid or bade, past participle bidden) old-fashioned to give a ​greeting to someone, or to ​ask someone to do something: [+ two objects] They ​bade her good ​morning. I must now bid you farewell (= say ​goodbye to you).literary She ​bade her ​hopes farewell (= she ​stopped being ​hopeful). [+ object + (to) infinitive ] He ​bade (= ​asked) them (to)leave at ​once.

bidnoun [C]

uk   us   /bɪd/

bid noun [C] (OFFER)

C2 an ​offer of a ​particularamount of ​money for something that is for ​sale: I made a bid of $150 for the ​painting. She made/put in a bid of £69,000 for the ​flat, which was ​accepted.C1 an ​offer to do something when you are ​competing with other ​people to do it: [+ to infinitive] Sydney made a ​successful bid tohost the ​Olympic Games. I gave the ​job to the ​contractors who made/gave the ​lowest bid (= who ​offered to do the ​work for the ​lowestamount of ​money). (in some ​cardgames) a ​statement, made before ​playstarts, of how many ​points a ​playerthinks he or she will get in a ​particulargame : The declarer must make as many ​tricks as his bid has ​promised.
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bid noun [C] (ATTEMPT)

C2 an ​attempt to ​achieve or get something: Her bid forre-election was ​unsuccessful. The ​company has ​managed to ​fight off a ​hostile takeover bid (= an ​attempt by another ​company to take ​control of it). They have ​reduced the ​cost of ​borrowing in a bid to get the ​economymoving again.
(Definition of bid from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bid" in American English

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bidverb

 us   /bɪd/

bid verb (OFFER)

[I/T] (present participle bidding, past tense and past participle bid) to ​offer a ​particularamount 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 ​joboffer to do it for a ​particularamount 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.

bidnoun [C]

 us   /bɪd/

bid noun [C] (OFFER)

an ​offer of a ​particularamount 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 ​particularprice: 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.
(Definition of bid from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bid" in Business English

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bidverb

uk   us   /bɪd/ (past tense and past participle bid)
[I or T] COMMERCE, FINANCE to ​compete to ​buy something by ​offering a particular ​amount of ​money for it: We have a ​keeninterest in the ​property, although we have not made any definite decision to bid.bid for sth Potential ​buyers must ​register and bid for ​itemsonline before the ​cutoffdates.bid sth for sth The previously unknown ​company bid $9.3 ​billion for the ​oilfields.
[I] to ​compete for ​work by ​offering to do it for a particular ​price: bid for sth Taylor-Stanley yesterday ​confirmed it had bid for the ​contract.bid on sth Follow these ​steps to bid successfully on a ​governmentcontract.
[I] to ​compete to be chosen to do something: The city is ​bidding to ​host the 2020 Olympic Games.
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bidnoun [C]

uk   us   /bɪd/
COMMERCE, FINANCE an ​offer to ​buy something for a particular ​price: a bid of £50mmake a bid for sth It is believed the ​team are ​ready to make a bid for the ​player. a failed/​successful bid
an ​offer to do ​work for a particular ​price: invite bids for sth/to do sth The ​stategovernment is ​inviting bids to ​carry out ​maintenancework on all the ​state highways.make/put in/submit a bid for/on sth It was the second ​time they had ​submitted a bid for the ​contract.
an attempt to ​achieve or get something: bid for sth He ​lost his bid for re-election to the ​board. The ​government has ​reduced the ​cost of ​borrowing in a bid to get the ​economymoving again.
(Definition of bid from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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