Definition of underpay in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌndəˈpeɪ/

verb (past and past participle underpaid)

[with object]
1Pay too little to (someone): many firms were illegally underpaying workers
More example sentences
  • And as I pointed out in an earlier column, if they read the details of the lengthy contract, they might have thought she was underpaid by the company.
  • We are there to support the teacher in the classroom and to assist in many other ways and, yes, we are underpaid.
  • ‘We don't need an inquiry to know that we are underpaid and undervalued,’ says Ken, the local union chairman.
1.1Pay less than is due for (something): (as adjective underpaid) late or underpaid tax
More example sentences
  • None of these men has ever been accused of underpaying their taxes by the same Revenue.
  • If we, as tax professionals, fail to alert clients to errors, they may underpay their taxes and lose an opportunity to correct such mistakes without penalties.
  • The charge for this service is normally fairly low so it is a worthwhile investment to ensure that your affairs are kept in order and you don't overpay or underpay your taxes.



Pronunciation: /ˌʌndəˈpeɪm(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • The deals also allow overpayments and underpayments, which can be helpful around holiday times, or at periods of illness or maternity leave.
  • With an offset, you can also make underpayments and take payment holidays.
  • There is a long and ugly history of underpayments on their part as well.

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