un·​der·​pay | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpā How to pronounce underpay (audio) \
underpaid\ ˌən-​dər-​ˈpād How to pronounce underpaid (audio) \; underpaying

Definition of underpay

transitive verb

: to pay less than what is normal or required underpay taxes

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underpayment \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈpā-​mənt How to pronounce underpayment (audio) \ noun

Examples of underpay in a Sentence

She underpaid for her meal. He realized that he had underpaid the cashier. The company underpays its workers. They are underpaid for the work they do.
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The government’s independent auditor later found that the bidders may have underpaid by as much as 40%; tolls have since increased by 20% on average, with no corresponding increase in quality, according to the report. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 Working Washington estimated that 250,000 to 500,000 people are underpaid by as much as $4 billion a year in aggregate because of the failure to update the state’s overtime rules. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Washington considers raising 42-year-old standard on who gets overtime pay," 26 Oct. 2018 Lawyers representing over 4,500 Uber drivers who claim they were consistently underpaid by the company have now asked a federal judge to approve a settlement. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Thousands of Uber drivers set to get $75, before lawyers’ fees, in settlement," 26 Aug. 2018 Air ambulances take everyone without question, and Medicare, Medicaid and exchange policies underpay. John H. Cochrane, WSJ, "The Tax-and-Spend Health-Care Solution," 29 July 2018 The nanny also alleged Mr. Poetzscher and his wife underpaid and mistreated her. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "How Uber’s Cultural Overhaul Was Tested by Complaints Against Top Deal Maker," 26 Sep. 2018 And even when a brand is not, for instance, underpaying garment workers in Bangladesh, consumers are putting pressure on companies to be political. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ads are just one piece of a bigger ‘reckoning’ in the fashion industry," 20 Sep. 2018 These are not the first allegations that Trump has underpaid his workers. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Donald Trump Is Sued by Former Driver for Overtime Pay," 9 July 2018 The report by China Labor Watch found that the Foxconn plant in Hengyang in China broke multiple Chinese labor laws, underpaying workers and subjecting them to verbal abuse. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon's Echo Dot, Kindles made in Foxconn factory rife with labor abuses, rights group says," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of underpay

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underpay was in 1817

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English Language Learners Definition of underpay

: to pay too little for something

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