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

Definition of underpay

transitive verb

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

Other Words from underpay

underpayment \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈpā-​mənt How to pronounce underpay (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Her suit said that reflected a company tendency to underpay Black women. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 Meat conglomerates have used their market share power to exploit workers, increase consumer prices, underpay farmers and generate enormous profits. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Companies that underpay workers and mistreat customers won’t survive long. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 As a result, investors will underpay for a quality company that will continue to grow its intrinsic worth over time. Jonathan Dash, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Happel and others paid a total of $88 million to the Brazilian government for allegedly colluding to underpay local farmers. Anchorage Daily News, 4 Oct. 2021 Happel and others paid a total of $88 million to the Brazilian government for allegedly colluding to underpay local farmers. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 The notion that American fashion has to underpay its garment workers to compete is disingenuous. Elizabeth L. Cline, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021 To bolster its case, the Treasury Department argued that Americans underpay their taxes by $600 billion per year, or approximately $7 trillion over the next decade. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of underpay

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Underpay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpay. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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