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verb (used with object), un·der·bought, un·der·buy·ing.
  1. to buy more cheaply than (another).
  2. to buy at less than the actual value.
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verb (used without object), un·der·bought, un·der·buy·ing.
  1. to buy an insufficient quantity, as of supplies or stock in trade.
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Origin of underbuy

First recorded in 1605–15; under- + buy
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Examples from the Web for underbuy

Historical Examples

  • They employed no English ships, and could underbuy and undersell the English manufacturer and the English trader.

    Days of the Discoverers

    L. Lamprey

British Dictionary definitions for underbuy


verb -buys, -buying or -bought
  1. to buy (stock in trade) in amounts lower than required
  2. (tr) to buy at a price below that paid by (others)
  3. (tr) to pay a price less than the true value for
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