un·​der·​pay | \ˌən-dər-ˈpā \
underpaid\ˌən-​dər-​ˈpād \; 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 \ 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 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 Some Guyanese residents worry that Cubans are being underpaid at workplaces and exploited. Doreen Hemlock, miamiherald, "Cubans are flocking to Guyana for economic reasons — but there's a twist," 28 June 2018 The three consolidated cases decided Monday concerned charges that employers had underpaid their workers. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Upholds Workplace Arbitration Contracts Barring Class Actions," 21 May 2018 Instead, such deals would shift money to potentially undeserving players who get hurt or fail to play up to expectations after signing their contracts, at the expense of more deserving players who might end up being underpaid as a result. Mark Maske, chicagotribune.com, "Despite guaranteed deal, Kirk Cousins likely didn't set new precedent for NFL free agents," 22 Mar. 2018 This year, the health insurer conducted the review again, this time using guidelines from the new law, and determined that seven employees, six of them women, were being underpaid by $4,500 to $6,000 a year. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "As gender pay law kicks in, companies scrutinize wages," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of underpay

1817, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of underpay

: to pay too little for something

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