Meaning of BID in English


I. bid 1 W3 /bɪd/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . an offer to pay a particular price for something, especially at an ↑ auction

bid for

They put in a bid for the house.

the person who places the highest bid

We’ve made a bid of nearly £400 million for the company.

A takeover bid for the airline was launched today.

2 . an offer to do work or provide services for a specific price

bid for

rival bids for the cleaning contract

3 . an attempt to achieve or obtain something

bid for

a bid for power

a bid to do something

a desperate bid to free herself from a loveless marriage

4 . a statement of how many points you hope to win in a card game

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■ verbs

▪ put in a bid

A big property developer has put in a bid for the land.

▪ place a bid

The gallery placed the highest bid of $2.5 million.

▪ make a bid

Paramount made a bid for the film rights to the book.

▪ accept a bid

The auctioneer may refuse to accept any bid below a certain price.


▪ a high/low bid

There were several high bids for the painting.

▪ an opening bid (=the first bid)

The opening bid was only $10.

▪ a final bid

The unknown man was successful with a final bid of £9,500.

▪ a takeover bid (=an offer to buy another company)

Staff are afraid that the takeover bid will threaten some of their jobs.

▪ a hostile bid (=an offer to buy another company that does not want to be bought)

Airtours launched a £221m hostile bid for Owners Abroad.

II. bid 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle bid , present participle bidding )

1 . [intransitive and transitive] to offer to pay a particular price for goods, especially in an ↑ auction

bid (somebody) something for something

She bid £100 for a Victorian chair.

What am I bid for lot 227? Shall we start at $500?

bid against

The two men ended up bidding against each other at the auction.

2 . [intransitive] to offer to do work or provide services for a specific price, in competition with other offers

bid for

Three firms bid for the contract on the new buildings.

3 . [intransitive and transitive] to say how many points you think you will win in a game of cards

III. bid 3 BrE AmE verb ( past tense bade /bæd, beɪd/ or bid , past participle bid or bidden /ˈbɪdn/, present participle bidding ) literary

1 . bid somebody good afternoon/good morning etc to greet someone

2 . [transitive] to order or tell someone what to do

bid somebody (to) do something

The queen bade us enter.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.