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

Examples of outbid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Galeazzo, a 33-year-old running coach at McKirdy Trained, an online coaching service for runners, has viewed a dozen houses and put offers on three of them, only to come up short as other buyers outbid her and her husband. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "COVID hasn't stopped the housing market, but good luck finding a home you can afford," 1 July 2020 One of consultant Jason Boyce’s clients, a seller of natural supplements, often sought to outbid competitors for the best spots by promising Amazon about $6 each time someone clicked on the product. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "Amazon’s New Competitive Advantage: Putting Its Own Products First," 6 June 2020 Meanwhile, a source familiar with Tagomi said the price was close to $100 million, and added that Coinbase outbid rival crypto giant Binance to land the deal. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Coinbase acquires crypto trading firm Tagomi in all-stock deal," 27 May 2020 The next day, officials were told that a Russian entity had outbid them, and the supplies were suddenly on a flight out of the country. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "Doctors and Governors Vie for Masks in Cloak-and-Dagger Deals," 11 Apr. 2020 Costs for factories have nearly doubled amid shortages of raw materials, Brewer said, with countries outbidding one another to acquire supplies. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "The MyPillow coronavirus task force never sleeps," 9 Apr. 2020 The day before, the governor of Massachusetts himself had asked President Trump how states were supposed to find supplies when the federal government kept outbidding them. Eric Boodman, STAT, "With masks dwindling, a hospital’s Covid-19 crisis team searches for a way out," 27 Mar. 2020 French officials said they were outbid at the last minute by unknown American buyers for a stock of masks on the tarmac of a Chinese airport. New York Times, "Finland, ‘Prepper Nation of the Nordics,’ Isn’t Worried About Masks," 5 Apr. 2020 State Governor Charlie Baker partnered with the NFL team after federal government outbid him on supplies that were en route to the Massachusetts, according to a source. Ben Church, CNN, "New England Patriots fly 1.2 million protective masks from China after 'challenging' operation," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of outbid

1587, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jul 2020

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“Outbid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbid. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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