Definition of “underpay” - English Dictionary

“underpay” in British English

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underpayverb [ T ]

uk /ˌʌn.dəˈpeɪ/ us /ˌʌn.dɚˈpeɪ/ underpaid, underpaid
adjective uk /ˌʌn.dəˈpeɪd/ us /ˌʌn.dɚˈpeɪd/


They're ridiculously underpaid, especially given that the work is so dangerous.

(Definition of “underpay” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“underpay” in Business English

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uk /ˌʌndəˈpeɪ/ us /-dɚ-/ 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.


(Definition of “underpay” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)