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Definition of tender noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a formal offer to supply goods or do work at a stated price synonym bid1 Cleaning services have been put out to tender (= companies have been asked to make offers to supply these services). a competitive tender A local firm submitted the lowest tender. The bus company is inviting tenders for a number of new buses.
  2. 2a truck attached to a steam engine, carrying fuel and water
  3. 3a small boat, used for carrying people or goods between a larger boat and land
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