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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Occidental last month agreed to buy Anadarko for $38 billion, outbidding the much bigger oil company Chevron. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "As Oxy acquisition looms, Anadarko workers drown sorrows, update resumes," 6 June 2019 Henderson Land outbid eight developers to buy a car park in Hong Kong’s Central district for a record HK$23.3 billion ($3 billion) — the first commercial site sold by the government in more than two decades. Randi Larson, Bloomberg.com, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 16 May 2017 Bloomberg first reported that the deal could come as soon as Tuesday, with Sorrell outbidding WPP (wppgy, +0.00%) and rival suitors to pay about 300 million euros ($352 million). Bloomberg, Fortune, "Martin Sorrell Sticks It To His Old Firm WPP With His Latest Deal," 10 July 2018 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

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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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