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verb (used with object), un·der·paid, un·der·pay·ing.
  1. to pay less than is deserved or usual.
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Origin of underpay

First recorded in 1840–50; under- + pay1
Related formsun·der·pay·ment [uhn-der-pey-muh nt, uhn-der-pey-] /ˌʌn dərˈpeɪ mənt, ˈʌn dərˌpeɪ-/, noun
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verb -pays, -paying or -paid
  1. to pay (someone) insufficiently
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Derived Formsunderpayment, noun
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