underpay un‧der‧pay [ˌʌndəˈpeɪ ǁ -ər-] verb underpaid PTandPP [intransitive, transitive]
1. to pay less money to people than they deserve for their work:

• In an interview, the star said that the studio underpays and misuses him.

2. to pay less money to a person or organization than is owed to them:

• The construction company had underpaid its income, employment and excise taxes by $3.2 billion over an eleven-year period.

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underpay UK US /ˌʌndəˈpeɪ/ US  /-dɚ-/ verb (underpaid)
[T] to pay someone too little money for the work they do: »

The company was found to have underpaid workers in violation of the state's prevailing wage law.


They were underpaid millions of dollars.

[T] to pay less than is necessary or less than the value of something: »

The company has been hit with a bill for underpaying tax.

[I or T] BANKING, FINANCE to make smaller payments than originally agreed when paying back a loan: »

Some customers want full flexibility - the ability to overpay, underpay, or take payment holidays.

Compare OVERPAY(Cf. ↑overpay)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Underpay — Un der*pay , v. t. To pay inadequately. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • underpay — ► VERB (past and past part. underpaid) ▪ pay too little to (someone) or for (something) …   English terms dictionary

  • underpay — [un΄dər pā′] vt., vi. underpaid, underpaying 1. to pay too little, or less than (the due amount) 2. to pay too little to (someone) underpayment n …   English World dictionary

  • underpay — UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈpeɪ] / US [ˌʌndərˈpeɪ] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms underpay : present tense I/you/we/they underpay he/she/it underpays present participle underpaying past tense underpaid UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈpeɪd] / US [ˌʌndərˈpeɪd] past… …   English dictionary

  • underpay — transitive verb (underpaid; paying) Date: 1817 to pay less than what is normal or required < underpay taxes > • underpayment noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • underpay — underpayment /un deuhr pay meuhnt, un deuhr pay /, n. /un deuhr pay /, v.t., underpaid, underpaying. to pay less than is deserved or usual. [1840 50; UNDER + PAY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • underpay — verb To pay someone less than the value of their work. Ant: overpay …   Wiktionary

  • underpay — un|der|pay [ˌʌndəˈpeı US ər ] v past tense and past participle underpaid [T] to pay someone too little for their work …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • underpay — un|der|pay [ ,ʌndər peı ] (past tense and past participle un|der|paid [ ,ʌndər peıd ] ) verb intransitive or transitive to pay someone too little money for the work they do ╾ un|der|pay|ment noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • underpay — un·der pay || ‚ʌndÉ™(r) peɪ v. pay less than what is normal or required, pay insufficiently, give a salary which is too low …   English contemporary dictionary

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