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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Teachers are most definitely underpaid, especially in Colorado, but Harris and the other progressives seeking to dethrone Donald Trump owe the nation’s educators a fix that has at least a remote connection to financial reality. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Doing the math while debating teachers’ salaries (9/8/19)," 8 Sep. 2019 Like several other schools, Harvard has long faced criticism for underpaying the amount the City of Boston asks for, in lieu of property taxes, to fund municipal services. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Harvard renews its affordable housing program with $20m," 20 Aug. 2019 In a world where teachers are overworked, time stretched and often underpaid the helping hand online materials provide can add some breathing room in the classroom and in their personal budgets. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "How former teachers are making $100,000 or more, and you can too.," 1 July 2019 In 2017, a Milken Institute study showed people of color in Hollywood were underrepresented compared to the racial demographics of Los Angeles as a whole, and underpaid compared to their white counterparts. Sopan Deb, New York Times, "Ava DuVernay Helps Start a Diversity Initiative for Hollywood," 13 Feb. 2018 Three former deans at University of Arizona have settled with the Arizona Board of Regents after filing a federal lawsuit claiming they were underpaid by tens of thousands of dollars compared to male colleagues. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Former University of Arizona deans settle lawsuit regarding unequal pay for women," 24 July 2019 Without a higher wage floor, companies can legally get away with underpaying employees to the point that full-time workers struggle to afford food and rent. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, "We’re Having the Wrong Debate About a $15 Minimum Wage," 18 July 2019 From a rational standpoint, the value of a first-round pick is that rookie-scale contracts mean first-rounders are typically underpaid, so to be worth giving one up in return, a player should be underpaid, as well. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Some question, most love Pacers' signings of Brogdan, Lamb," 1 July 2019 Lawmakers there also want to give pharmacies $100 million over two years to offset their losses from being underpaid by pharmacy benefit managers. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Crunch time for Ohio lawmakers: deals needed on taxes, graduation requirements, more," 20 June 2019

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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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