Meaning of “bidding” in the English Dictionary

"bidding" in British English

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biddingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbɪd.ɪŋ/ us /ˈbɪd.ɪŋ/

bidding noun [ U ] (OFFER)

the act of offering to pay a particular amount of money for something, by different people:

Most of the bidding was done by phone.
open the bidding

to make the first offer of money for an object at a public sale of goods

(in some card games) the process of the players saying , before play starts, how many points they expect to win in a particular game:

In this course, we will cover the basics of Contract Bridge, including bidding, playing, and scorekeeping.

(Definition of “bidding” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bidding" in American English

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biddingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈbɪd·ɪŋ/ fml

a request or an order:

At my grandmother’s bidding, I wore my best dress.

(Definition of “bidding” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bidding" in Business English

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biddingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbɪdɪŋ/ us

COMMERCE the action of offering to buy something for a particular amount of money, especially at an auction (= public sale):

For the first half hour of the auction the bidding was slow and cautious.
He opened the bidding at £2,000.
online/internet bidding

(Definition of “bidding” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)