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

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Other Words from underbid

underbidder noun

Examples of underbid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Documents from the review cite concerns after G4S slashed wages to underbid competitors and then hired untrained guards when others quit. USA Today, "A security empire deployed guards with violent pasts across the U.S. Some went on to rape, assault or kill," 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, "Inside the AIA’s efforts to address #MeToo," 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, "Proposed ban on buying Chinese buses, rail cars could curtail job growth at Southeast Side factory," 5 Aug. 2019 Working-class Americans aren’t lazy or xenophobic, but they are deeply underbid by immigrants. WSJ, "Elites Miss the Point on Immigration Politics," 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, "Britain’s outsourcing model, copied around the world, is in trouble," 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, "Collapse of U.K. Construction Giant Rattles the Government," 15 Jan. 2018 The company has already drawn flack for massively underbidding competitors. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Boston's testing Chinese train cars, and SEPTA is watching," 12 Oct. 2017

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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 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underbid

: to offer to do work for less money than (another person or group) : to bid less than (someone else)

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