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 Edina's Not a Teardown campaign comes at an especially challenging time for land trust buyers who don't have the resources to outbid traditional buyers. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "In effort to preserve affordable houses, Edina program takes aim at 'teardowns'," 17 Apr. 2021 Gas suppliers sold the fuel at sky-high prices as CPS and other utilities tried to outbid one another. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, "Gas suppliers sue CPS, say utility must pay winter storm bill," 30 Mar. 2021 With Willie Snead IV, another slot receiver, departing in free agency and the team’s younger options there unproven, the Ravens reportedly outbid the Steelers with their one-year offer. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Sammy Watkins doesn’t change the Ravens offense, but he does fill an important role | ANALYSIS," 29 Mar. 2021 According to The Hollywood Reporter, the tech giant outbid multiple companies to land the deal with the scriptwriter. Mia Uzzell, Essence, "‘Girls Trip’ Writer Tracy Oliver Lands Eight-Figure Deal With Apple," 25 Mar. 2021 The Royals outbid the field with a five-year offer, and Moore was disheartened by the industry’s reaction: How did a bad team have the audacity to drive up the bidding? New York Times, "As Rivals Boom and Bust, the Royals Just Want to Get Better," 1 Mar. 2021 But its multilateral approach had initially struggled against the vaccine nationalism of wealthy states, some of which either refused to back it, outbid it for guaranteed orders early in the pandemic, or both. Washington Post, "The good news about the global vaccine supply," 25 Feb. 2021 With an offer of $2.2bn the German parent of Penguin Random House (PRH), the number one by a Tolstoyan margin, outbid News Corp, Rupert Murdoch’s media group that counts HarperCollins, ranked third, in its catalogue of assets. The Economist, "Book-binding Bertelsmann snags Simon & Schuster," 25 Nov. 2020 Other industry insiders are eager to avoid a repeat of spring, when countries, states and hospitals tried to outbid one another in a chaotic scramble for personal protective equipment. NBC News, "Creating a Covid-19 vaccine is only the first step. Reaching the world is the next.," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of outbid

1587, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2021

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“Outbid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbid. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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