bid

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Singular
bid

Plural
bids

  1. (countable) A bid is an offer to enter into a contract to buy something or to do some kind of job.
    He amazed the art world with his winning bid of nearly $54 million for Van Gogh's painting, Irises.
    The Suns also made a bid for $2.3 million to get Willis from the Bulls.
  2. (countable) A bid is an attempt to do something.
    He went back to teaching after his unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988.
    She lost her bid at a world record fourth gold medal in swimming.

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Plain form
bid

Third person singular
bids

Simple past
bid

Past participle
bid

Present participle
bidding

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you bid for something, you offer to enter into a contract to buy it or to do it.
    Microsoft bid $44.6 billion to acquire Yahoo.
  2. (transitive & intransitive) If you bid for something, you attempt to do or get it.
    Montesinos, decided not to bid for the new position.
    They bid on and won a job to build a bank in Marietta, Ohio.
  3. The past tense and past participle of bid.

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Verb 2[change]

Infinitive
bid

Third person singular
bids

Simple past
bid or bade

Past participle
bid or bidden

Present participle
bidding

  1. (transitive) If you bid someone a good day, evening, etc, you wish it to them in greeting.
    She bade farewell to her sister, Fannie, and to other relatives and friends.
  2. (transitive) If you bid someone (to) do something, you tell them to do it.
    Standing with her back to the open door, she bade him pass.

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