out·​bid | \ ˌau̇t-ˈbid How to pronounce outbid (audio) \
outbid; outbidden\ ˌau̇t-​ˈbi-​dᵊn How to pronounce outbidden (audio) \; 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

Examples of outbid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web French officials said they were outbid at the last minute by unknown American buyers for a stock of masks on the tarmac of a Chinese airport. New York Times, "Finland, ‘Prepper Nation of the Nordics,’ Isn’t Worried About Masks," 5 Apr. 2020 State Governor Charlie Baker partnered with the NFL team after federal government outbid him on supplies that were en route to the Massachusetts, according to a source. Ben Church, CNN, "New England Patriots fly 1.2 million protective masks from China after 'challenging' operation," 3 Apr. 2020 Countries paying triple the market price to outbid others. Jane Bradley, BostonGlobe.com, "In scramble for supplies, rich countries push poor aside," 10 Apr. 2020 Countries paying triple the market price to outbid others. Jane Bradley, New York Times, "In Scramble for Coronavirus Supplies, Rich Countries Push Poor Aside," 9 Apr. 2020 Or that states are having to outbid each other to buy personal protective equipment for their health professionals. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Talbot: UFC, NFL, WWE need to stop fighting the truth," 3 Apr. 2020 Since then, memorabilia for the late five-time NBA champion has been showing up on auction sites, as vendors try to monetize the legend's death and collectors scramble to outbid each other for the prized possessions. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A towel Kobe Bryant wore during his farewell speech sold at an auction for over $30,000," 29 Mar. 2020 In 1942, to prevent an ascending spiral of wage increases (as employers tried to outbid each other for the scarce number of remaining workers), the government established the Office of Economic Stabilization. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Why Deaths of Despair Are Rising," 10 Mar. 2020 DeShazo says El Centro tried to get in before Pilotworks did, but they were outbid. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Why El Centro College’s kitchens could become ‘the center of Dallas culinary culture’," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of outbid

1587, in the meaning defined above

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29 Apr 2020

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“Outbid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbid. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outbid

: to offer to pay a higher price than (someone) for something especially at an auction : to make a higher bid than (someone)

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