out·​bid | \ ˌau̇t-ˈbid How to pronounce outbid (audio) \
outbid; outbidden\ ˌau̇t-​ˈbi-​dᵊn How to pronounce outbid (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 To get her, Pope had to outbid Godolphin’s Sheik Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, and the big spenders at Spendthrift Farm. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 Vast swaths of the economy were allegedly signed over to cronies or companies who outbid on contracts through both legal and under-the-table means. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 But Minor outbid him, offering 67 million pounds ($87 million) for the remainder of the company’s equity, as well as its debt. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 And even if nonprofits could find hotels that didn’t need zoning changes, $100 million won’t go very far when private developers are better prepared to outbid them. Martin Z Braun, Bloomberg.com, 28 Mar. 2022 The one serious collectors will want to outbid each other on, however, is the Ref. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2022 Having just raised $450 million for its Edison Partners X LP fund, his firm is in a position to invest at significantly lower price points than those that prevailed last year, and often has fewer rivals to outbid. Ted Bunker, WSJ, 4 Apr. 2022 Crypto companies, awash in cash, can greatly outbid traditional marketing partners. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 Assembly Bill 1771 aims to discourage real estate speculation that Ward said drives up home prices as equity investors outbid individual home buyers. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outbid

1587, in the meaning defined above

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“Outbid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbid. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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