"The two freshmen are bidding for places in the varsity swim team."
What does 'bid for places' mean? Do they want to become members
of the team?

Thank you.
yes, they are trying to become team members.

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Hi nona,

May I know whether 'bidding for places' have other meanings besides trying to become team members in this case? If there are, can name some?

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Thanks Marius. Emotion: smile