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Definition of bidding noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the act of offering prices, especially at an auction There was fast bidding between private collectors and dealers. Several companies remained in the bidding. A bidding war for the textile firm erupted.
  2. 2the act of offering to do something or to provide something for a particular price competitive bidding for the contract
  3. 3(in some card games) the process of stating the number of points that players think they will win
  4. 4(old-fashioned or formal) what someone asks or orders you to do to do someone's bidding (= to obey someone) At his father's bidding (= because his father asked him to) he wrote to his lawyer.
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