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noun [countable]     bid pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    an offer to give a particular amount of money for something, for example at an auction (=an event where things are sold to the person who offers the most money)

    We received a bid of $12,000 for the table.

    1. a.
      an offer to do work or provide a service for a particular amount of money

      The lowest bid we received was $9,000.

      bid for:

      The bids for this contract were all disappointingly high.

    2. b.
      business an offer to buy the shares in a company and take control of it

      a takeover bid

  2. 2
    a statement of how many points you think you will win in a card game
  3. 3
    an attempt to do something
    bid for:

    Do you think he’d be willing to mount another bid for the presidency?

    a bid to do something:

    The company cut prices just before the holiday in a bid to support sales.



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