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

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 Per the report, Disney outbid Netflix and Universal Pictures (which handled digital/VOD distribution for the film) for the streaming rights. Todd Spangler, Variety, 9 Feb. 2024 Two years earlier, CBS lost the rights to its NFL package, outbid by Rupert Murdoch’s then-nascent Fox network. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Inventories — particularly the number of starter homes — remain at record lows; younger buyers also are being outbid by baby boomers swooping in with all-cash offers. Eli Tan, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2024 China has often outbid U.S. companies for infrastructure and raw material projects, including mining, in staunch U.S. allies such as Colombia. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023 The network bought the home In 2018, (famously outbidding Lance Bass) for $3.5 million, almost double the listing price. Nikki Dobrin, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2023 The carrier outbid JetBlue to acquire Virgin America Inc. in 2016 for $2.6 billion in cash to extend a stretch of consolidation that had occurred across the industry. Mary Schlangenstein, Fortune, 3 Dec. 2023 Universal Pictures had fiercely chased rights to the hot literary property six years ago, and was outbid by Paramount, which developed the project with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 1 Nov. 2023 Still, Grace said other developers might see more value in the building and noted that he’s been outbid before. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 15 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1587, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outbid was in 1587

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“Outbid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbid. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


outbid; outbidding
: to make a higher bid than

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