Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To bid higher than.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From out- +‎ bid.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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