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

transitive verb

: to pay less than what is normal or required
underpay taxes
underpayment 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 Yet another reason for small business owners to use a tax professional is the fact that underpaying will cost more this year. Mae Anderson, Quartz, 28 Mar. 2024 California has accused SpaceX of routinely underpaying women and minority workers. Aashna Shah, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2024 No other person behind or in front of camera was ever nominated, The rich ass studio rolling in money - would NOT give her a raise - after underpaying her horribly. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 14 July 2023 America has a long history of underpaying some of its frontline workers in the service and hospitality industries. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 3 Jan. 2024 People have tried to underpay for pieces that are priceless. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 15 Dec. 2023 YouTubers call out TikTok's monetization fund for underpaying creators TikTok pays creators from a finite pool of money, which means the more creators join the fund, the less money there is to go around. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2023 Insider - Once a female educational haven, Vassar College is being sued for consistently underpaying women professors compared to their male colleagues. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2023 The company has also faced lawsuits, one from a former top employee, who alleges conflicts of interest and another from a contractor, who claims the company underpaid them (both suits are ongoing). Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 18 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underpay was in 1817

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“Underpay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpay. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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