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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Or think how stunned Paul McCartney was when he was outbid by his pal Michael Jackson for the Beatles catalog in 1985, a move that permanently ruptured their friendship. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Taylor Swift's outrage over Scooter Braun: Will it change the music industry?," 3 July 2019 Occidental recently outbid Chevron to acquire Anadarko, including its crown jewel acreage in West Texas' booming Permian Basin. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Icahn takes another shot at Oxy-Anadarko 'fiasco' in his casino merger," 25 June 2019 In the end, he was narrowly outbid by Chicago’s Field Museum, which paid $8.4 million. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Real-Estate Mogul Made the Deal of a Lifetime for 16th Century Map of the World," 12 Oct. 2018 Comcast's victory over Fox came two months after it was outbid by Disney in an attempt to buy 21st Century Fox properties. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast stock tanks after company strikes $40 billion deal to buy Sky," 24 Sep. 2018 Almost $1 billion was promised by some of France's richest and most powerful families and companies, some of whom sought to outbid each other, in the hours and days after the inferno. Thomas Adamson, chicagotribune.com, "Who's paying for repair work at Notre Dame Cathedral? French billionaires? Nope, so far it's mostly U.S. donors.," 14 June 2019 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

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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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