A bid is an amount of money that is offered in order to get something. If a bid is too low, it might not be accepted by a seller. If a bid is too high, the buyer might be making a mistake by offering to pay too much. To make a bid on anything usually requires knowledge and experience.

  • A person who wants to buy a house makes a bid. (bid = offer)
  • I made a bid on a house and it was accepted.
  • Our company is making a bid on a building and some land in order to expand its operations.
  • People who attend auctions make bids on items that are up for sale.
  • An auctioneer asks people to make bids.

real estate signWhen a house goes up for sale, interested buyers make bids on it.

When "bid" is used as a verb, it’s irregular:

simplepastpast participle
  • Tony bids on stocks that he believes are a good value. (present tense)
  • He bid on a stock priced at $45 a share. He sold it the next week when it hit $50 a share. (past tense)
  • Over the years, Tony has bid on stocks that have made money and lost money for him. (present perfect tense)
  • A lot of money was bid on a horse that lost its race. (This sentence is in the past tense, passive voice.)
  • How much money would you be willing to bid on a house that you wanted to buy?

The word "bid" is also used in circumstances when a person is trying to win a political office:

  • Hillary Clinton is making her second bid for the presidency of the United States.
  • Right-wing political parties in Europe are making successful bids for elected positions in government.

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Date of publication: October 2, 2016