- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to offer to pay a particular price for something, especially at an auction bid (something) (for something) I bid £2 000 for the painting. bid (against somebody) We wanted to buy the chairs but another couple were bidding against us. See related entries: The art world, Cost and payment, Online shopping
- 2 [intransitive] bid (for something) (North American English also) bid (on something) | bid (to do something) to offer to do work or provide a service for a particular price, in competition with other companies, etc. synonym tender A French firm will be bidding for the contract. Wordfinderacquisition, bid, broker, contract, deal, merger, negotiation, offer, proposal, takeover See related entries: Business deals
- 3[transitive] bid to do something (used especially in newspapers) to try to do, get or achieve something synonym attempt The team is bidding to retain its place in the league.
- 4[transitive, intransitive] bid (something) (in some card games) to say how many points you expect to win She bid four hearts. Extra examples He bade farewell to the city where he had been so happy. He bade her good day and left. She bid $10 000 for the painting. Two dealers bid against each other for the antique table. We have successfully bid for the contract. Which other cities are bidding to host the 2016 Olympics?Idioms used by an auctioneer when he or she is selling something What am I bid for this vase?
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BrE BrE//bɪd//; NAmE NAmE//bɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bid
BrE BrE//bɪd//; NAmE NAmE//bɪd//he / she / it bids
BrE BrE//bɪdz//; NAmE NAmE//bɪdz//past simple bid
BrE BrE//bɪd//; NAmE NAmE//bɪd//past participle bid
BrE BrE//bɪd//; NAmE NAmE//bɪd//-ing form bidding
BrE BrE//ˈbɪdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪdɪŋ//The art world, Cost and payment, Business deals, Online shopping