Sunday, 3 October 2010

Words in the news: Bid.

Tens of thousands of people accused of crimes from minor assault to criminal damage would no longer be locked up awaiting trial under plans to ease prison overcrowding, says The Times.

The free alternatives below show different meanings of the word 'bid', They are all correct but in the context of the newspaper headline, what does 'bid' mean?
a) An offer or proposal of a price, as in: "He tried to buy the painting at the auction but his bid was too low."

b) The amount offered or proposed, as in: "They lost the contract because their bid was too low compared to others."

c) an attempt or try, as in, "a bid to save the trapped miners in Chile."
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