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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Recent Examples on the Web And relatives of Paul Pogue, the owner of a construction company found guilty of underpaying his taxes, whom Trump also pardoned, have donated large sums to Trump's reelection campaign. Author: Jill Colvin, Zeke Miller, Michael Tarm, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump goes on a clemency spree, pardoning former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich among others," 18 Feb. 2020 Let’s be clear: there is nothing innovative about underpaying someone for their labor. BostonGlobe.com, "SACRAMENTO — California legislators approved a landmark bill Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure.," 12 Sep. 2019 Paul Pogue Pogue owned a construction company in McKinney, Texas, and was found to have underpaid his taxes by 10% over a three-year span, according to the White House. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Who else was granted clemency by Trump?," 19 Feb. 2020 Nine construction workers who worked on the University of Houston’s Quadrangle Housing Replacement project allege that Austin Commercial LP, a Dallas construction company, and its subcontractors, underpaid them by at least $50,000. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Construction workers claiming wage theft during UH project rally on campus," 20 Feb. 2020 But with the benefit of hindsight, Facebook underpaid. The Economist, "Capital is flooding into Silicon Valley," 2 Nov. 2019 By the time that Mallinckrodt bought Questcor, the price had skyrocketed to more than $20,000, and the feds alleged that Mallinckrodt knowingly underpaid Medicaid rebates. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Justice Department sues Mallinckrodt over ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ in Medicaid rebates," 3 Mar. 2020 When Garnett suggests that Howard exploited the Ethiopians by underpaying for the opal, Howard defends himself with a basketball analogy. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, "The Safdie Brothers’ Full-Immersion Filmmaking," 9 Dec. 2019 On Friday, the Port of San Francisco gave the private Pilara Family Foundation — the owners of Pier 24 Photography — 30 days to vacate its 27,300-square-foot space for underpaying its rent for more than two years. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Little-known fire risk rating affects your home insurance," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of underpay

1817, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2020

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“Underpay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpay. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underpay

: to pay too little for something

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