Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bid higher than: We outbid our rivals at the auction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bid more than somebody else in an auction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To exceed or surpass in bidding; to bid a higher price.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bid more than; go beyond in the offer of a price.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bid higher than others
  • v. bid over an opponent's bid when one's partner has not bid or doubled

Etymologies

From out- +‎ bid. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sir William Hamilton, he obtained a chance to take impressions of rare cameos from Italy and Pompeii; later the Duke of Portland, who you may recall outbid him at the sale of the world-famed Portland Vase, allowed him to copy it.

    The Story of Porcelain

  • The program helps maintain price stability whereby government offers a fixed wage that does not "outbid" the private sector, but simply creates a stabilizing floor and thereby prevents deflation.

    Marshall Auerback: Time to Try Government as Employer of Last Resort

  • And as few bidders can be at their computers 24/7, those infuriating 'outbid' notifications soon start adding up.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Do you suppose it has ever occurred to any of these morons that I never intended to buy this POS company, and was only dangling big numbers out there so that I could bump up the price that Red Hat would have to pay when its hair-trigger CEO got all huffy and rushed in to "outbid" me?

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • I was ultimately outbid, which is perhaps just as well, inasmuch as I couldn’t really connect it up properly: my DVD player is connected up via S-Video and while there’s a composite input to spare, there’s no extra audio input to be had.

    dustbury.com » Way back there in 16:9

  • The Fox News reporter claims that AT&T simply "outbid" other carriers by agreeing to the $30 unlimited and $15 250MB data plans.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Fox News reporter claims that AT&T simply "outbid" other carriers by agreeing to the $30 unlimited and $15 250MB data plans.

    MacNN | The Macintosh News Network

  • Gandhi said that Mallya was able to "outbid" everyone and buy the five iconic items of the Mahatma.

    Zee News : India National

  • In the 1990s we again insulted him (though many think he was just looking for an excuse at that point) and 'outbid' him to the Saudi Prince

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • Having a lower price will encourage buyers to "outbid" each other and essentially drive the price of your item up, anyway.

    American Consumer News

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