verb (used with object), out·bid, out·bid·den or out·bid, out·bid·ding.

to outdo in bidding; make a higher bid than (another bidder).

Origin of outbid

First recorded in 1580–90; out- + bid1
Related formsout·bid·der, noun
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Historical Examples of outbid

  • And in the conferring of such benefits he was disposed to think he could outbid the world.



  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for outbid


verb -bids, -bidding, -bid, -bidden or -bid

(tr) to bid higher than; outdo in bidding
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