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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For years, home seekers in the pricey King County real estate market have been outbid by all-cash buyers who make nearly one-fourth of all home purchases here. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "King County’s secret all-cash homebuyers must reveal true identity to law enforcement," 20 Nov. 2018 After outbidding companies like Microsoft, Viacom, and Yahoo, Google bought YouTube for a tidy $1.65 billion. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world," 5 Sep. 2018 Univision acquired Gawker Media by outbidding Ziff Davis with its $135 million offer in August 2016. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Two years after buying, Univision wants to sell its Gawker, Onion portfolios," 11 July 2018 With Comcast now abandoning any further attempt to outbid Disney, Disney and Fox will likely be able to complete a merger. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast admits defeat in bidding war for Fox, clearing path for Disney," 19 July 2018 Reaching their $10,000 limit for the immense mahogany dining table, they were outbid by the owner of a bed and breakfast offering $11,000. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of Eileen Slocum's Astounding Newport Mansion," 28 Sep. 2018 Van Riemsdyk, who scored 36 goals for Toronto this past season, would seem to be an ideal fit if the Panthers were inclined to outbid the competition. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "As these former Panthers move into the Stanley Cup Finals, Florida prepares for draft | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Man Utd and Man City are thought to be the frontrunners to sign Fred, with the former side believed to ready to outbid their rivals to prevent them strengthening further. SI.com, "Highly-Rated Brazilian Star Reveals Desire to Move to Bigger Club Amid Interest From Man Utd & City," 17 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of outbid

1587, in the meaning defined above

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