un·​der·​bid | \ ˌən-dər-ˈbid How to pronounce underbid (audio) \
underbid; underbidding

Definition of underbid

transitive verb

1 : to bid less than (a competing bidder)
2 : to bid (a hand of cards) at less than the strength of the hand warrants

intransitive verb

: to bid too low

Other Words from underbid

underbidder noun

Examples of underbid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three separate divisions within that bank underbid each other to have rights to the line of credit. Zenger News, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Documents from the review cite concerns after G4S slashed wages to underbid competitors and then hired untrained guards when others quit. USA Today, 31 Oct. 2019 The primary example concerns a case from the 1970s in which the AIA suspended Aram Mardirosian for seeking a contract that was already awarded to another architect by underbidding him. Diana Budds, Curbed, 5 Aug. 2019 Jeff Eller, spokesman for the Rail Security Alliance, a group of American rail car companies, said CRRC is supported by the government of China and can underbid on contracts with no market consequences, which is unfair to other companies. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, 5 Aug. 2019 Working-class Americans aren’t lazy or xenophobic, but they are deeply underbid by immigrants. WSJ, 13 July 2018 Outsourcers underbid in the hope that subsequent amendments to the contract—extra charges here and there—will eventually yield some profits. The Economist, 28 June 2018 Carillion’s demise was likely caused by a combination of rapid expansion and underbidding for contracts that have had low margins since the financial crisis, analysts say. Kimiko De Freytas-tamura, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2018 The company has already drawn flack for massively underbidding competitors. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, 12 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of underbid

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Underbid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underbid. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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