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verb bid pronunciation in British English /bɪd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebidding
past tensebid
past participlebid
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to offer 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)
    bid for:

    Two people were bidding against each other for the mirror.

    bid something for something:

    They bid £300 for the painting.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to offer to do work or provide a service for a particular amount of money
      bid for:

      Several contractors bid for the job.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to say that you think you will win a particular number of points in a card game
  3. 3
    past tensebid or bade
    past participlebidden
    [transitive] literary to order someone to do something

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