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

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Cyrus bought the intercompany notes for itself, outbidding insurance buyers and paying $82.5 million. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Sears Bankruptcy Battle Tests Swaps Market," 19 Dec. 2018 Real Madrid have tabled a €45m bid for the Santos starlet, outbidding rivals Barcelona in the process, and are expected to complete the deal imminently. SI.com, "Liverpool Reportedly Rejected Real Madrid Target Last Summer Because of Agent's Attitude," 7 June 2018 His new firm, S4 Capital, last summer outbid WPP for a digital ad-production house. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "WPP Asked Ex-CEO Martin Sorrell to Repay Expenses," 25 Jan. 2019 In all likelihood, Crystal Ball will have to to outbid other prospective buyers. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "The Great Interview Magazine Caper," 16 June 2018 The seller was not identified, and the winner who outbid 28 other prospective buyers for the ball was identified only as a Southern California collector. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "Baseball with signatures of 11 greats fetches $623,369," 13 Aug. 2018 The Flyers would probably have to outbid Vegas, which wants the 30-year-old winger back in the fold. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Flyers enter NHL free agency with the cap space, here are the players they might be considering | Sam Carchidi," 29 June 2018 The potential buyer who outbid Bass hasn't been identified yet, but the Los Angeles Times reports that the sale is expected to close in about ten days. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Lance Bass Feels "Used" After Losing Brady Bunch House In Bidding War," 6 Aug. 2018 Comcast outbid the Walt Disney Company on June 13 with a $65 billion offer, but Disney quickly raised its offer to $71.3 billion and signed a new merger deal with Fox. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast admits defeat in bidding war for Fox, clearing path for Disney," 19 July 2018

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1587, in the meaning defined above

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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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