over·​bid | \ ˌō-vər-ˈbid \
overbid; overbidding

Definition of overbid

intransitive verb

1 : to bid in excess of value
2a : to bid more than the scoring capacity of a hand at cards
b British : to make a higher bid than the preceding one

transitive verb

: to bid beyond or in excess of especially : to bid more than the value of (one's hand at cards)

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Other Words from overbid

overbid \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌbid \ noun

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But, a wrinkle in the program’s design allows plans to reap higher revenue from overbidding—while also keeping premiums low. Christopher Weaver, WSJ, "The $9 Billion Upcharge: How Insurers Kept Extra Cash From Medicare," 4 Jan. 2019 In theory, the new tax code could deter buyers from overbidding for a home and therefore eventually bring prices down. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "New challenges for Bay Area home buyers in Trump tax plan," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of overbid

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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