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Definition of bid noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1bid (for something) an offer by a person or a business company to pay a particular amount of money for something Granada mounted a hostile takeover bid for Forte. At the auction (= a public sale where things are sold to the person who offers most), the highest bid for the picture was $200. Any more bids?
  2. 2bid (for something) bid (on something) an offer to do work or provide a service for a particular price, in competition with other companies, etc. synonym tender The company submitted a bid for the contract to clean the hospital.
  3. 3(used especially in newspapers) an effort to do something or to obtain something bid for something a bid for power bid to do something a desperate bid to escape from his attackers
  4. 4(in some card games) a statement of the number of points a player thinks he or she will win
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