out·bid | \ˌau̇t-ˈbid \
outbid; outbidden\ˌau̇t-ˈbi-dᵊn \; outbidding

Definition of outbid 

transitive verb

: to make a higher bid than : to offer more than … when employers clamor to outbid each other for the services of an engineering elite …— Randall E. Stross

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Blackstone agreed to buy U.S. hotel owner LaSalle Hotel Properties for $3.7 billion, outbidding a $3.5 billion offer by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Why Blackstone Is Buying LaSalle Hotel Properties," 21 May 2018 United, specifically chief decision maker Ed Woodward, have been hell bent on signing Bale since 2013, even outbidding Real when the player left Tottenham to move to Spain. SI.com, "Man Utd in 'Advanced' Talks Over Gareth Bale Deal as Real Madrid Prepare for Post-Ronaldo Overhaul," 12 July 2018 And Disney is still his opponent: Roberts wants to outbid Disney's $52.4 billion offer to buy 20th Century Fox, one of the few media conglomerates not yet integrated into a content distribution company. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "The Comcast-Disney Battle Isn't Just Business—It's a Grand Human Drama," 7 June 2018 As reported by Reuters, Italian broadcast behemoths Mediaset were outbid by their rivals for the deal, after becoming increasingly concerned over the rising costs of television Italian top tier football. SI.com, "Sky and Perform Seal Major €973m Deal for Serie A Broadcast Rights Until 2021," 14 June 2018 The couple had long had an eye on Mr. Perretta’s distinctive concrete-and-stone style, and before commissioning the new house, they were outbid on another Perretta villa that had come on the market. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Severe Spanish Villa for Easy Outdoor Living," 6 June 2018 Univision previously televised the FIFA World Cup but NBCUniversal’s Telemundo outbid Univision for the rights, so the soccer matches currently are playing on Telemundo. Meg James, latimes.com, "Univision channels go dark on Dish Network and Sling TV due to contract impasse," 30 June 2018 Less than 24 hours after the Time Warner deal was blessed by a judge, Comcast Corp. offered to buy a substantial chunk of 21st Century Fox ’s entertainment and international assets for $65 billion, outbidding Walt Disney Co. by roughly 19%. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Why Companies Have the Urge to Merge," 15 June 2018 Comcast, for example, would like to outbid the Walt Disney Co. for some of 21st Century Fox's assets, but has held off until the trial ended. Author: Cecilia Kang, Anchorage Daily News, "AT&T's Time Warner takeover wins judge's approval in defeat for Justice Department," 12 June 2018

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1587, in the meaning defined above

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