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[out-bid] /ˌaʊtˈbɪd/
verb (used with object), outbid, outbidden or outbid, outbidding.
to outdo in bidding; make a higher bid than (another bidder).
Origin of outbid
First recorded in 1580-90; out- + bid1
Related forms
outbidder, noun Unabridged
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  • And in the conferring of such benefits he was disposed to think he could outbid the world.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • If such applicant, however, is outbid, his fee is returned to him.

    The Hawaiian Islands The Department of Foreign Affairs
  • I resolved, in fact, to outbid the Dane, for I thought I possessed a card that could take him.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • England, Germany, and Russia, are waiting to outbid each other.'

    A Modern Mercenary

    Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
  • It might be nothing more than the fact that he had outbid him at the sale of the boat.

    All Adrift Oliver Optic
  • To succeed, he knew that he must outbid the highest offers of his opponents.

    The Earl of Beaconsfield James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for outbid


verb -bids, -bidding, -bid, -bidden, -bid
(transitive) to bid higher than; outdo in bidding
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