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[uhn-der-bid] /ˌʌn dərˈbɪd/
verb (used with object), underbid, underbidding.
to bid less than (another bid) or less than the bid of (another bidder), especially in seeking a contract to be awarded to the lowest bid or bidder; make an offer at a lower price than.
Cards. to bid less than the value or worth of (a contract or hand).
verb (used without object), underbid, underbidding.
to bid lower than another or too low for the value of something.
Origin of underbid
First recorded in 1585-95; under- + bid1
Related forms
underbidder, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is quite true that many married women work for pocket-money, and having homes, can afford to underbid legitimate workers.

  • Well, some one underbid us, he said, trying to hide his disappointment.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • You said we were underbid, and thats my business, said Wright.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • No one can ever underbid him, except by paying for the privilege.

    The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted Katharine Ellis Barrett
  • Tis only an enhancing the price of the commodity, by telling you how many customers have underbid her.

  • "We can afford to underbid them all," declared Darry; and so the matter was settled.

  • His price is not what he can get, but the lowest he can live for and underbid his neighbor.

    How the Other Half Lives Jacob A. Riis
  • They are held to be base, because their dexterity and frugality enable them to underbid the lazy, luxurious Caucasian.

    Across the Plains Robert Louis Stevenson
  • But nobody could underbid us; we quoted em rock bottom, Wright persisted.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • I flatter myself the beasts that perish could not underbid that, as a low form of consciousness.

British Dictionary definitions for underbid


verb (transitive) -bids, -bidding, -bid
to submit a bid lower than that of (others): Irena underbid the other dealers
to submit an excessively low bid for
(bridge) to make a bid that will win fewer tricks than is justified by the strength of the hand: he underbid his hand
Derived Forms
underbidder, noun
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