1BB especially British English
a formal statement of the price you would charge for doing a job or providing goods or services [= bid American English]
Our bid was the lowest tender.
put something out to tender British English (=to ask different companies to say how much they will charge for doing a particular job)
The contract for building the houses will be put out to tender.
a small boat that takes people or supplies between the shore and a larger boat
part of a steam train used for carrying coal and water for the train