Definition of underpay in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Pay too little to (someone).

    • ‘He hasn't been pleased with the slow progress on several projects relating to the program, and he thinks he's underpaid.’
    • ‘The company I was working for illegally underpaid all the workers, but there was nothing we could do about it.’
    • ‘I'm still here, overworked but at least I'm not underpaid, not this week anyway.’
    • ‘Workers were severely underpaid and denied social benefits such as free meals and transportation and the signing of a collective labour contract was blocked.’
    • ‘‘We don't need an inquiry to know that we are underpaid and undervalued,’ says Ken, the local union chairman.’
    • ‘We're undervaluing and underpaying young adults, including potentially breadwinning fathers.’
    • ‘The producers are underpaying the actors quite badly.’
    • ‘Now we were working for someone else, and they were underpaying us!’
    • ‘I currently feel like an over-worked, underpaid member of the company.’
    • ‘After about 60 days, I knew I was underpaid for the amount of work one had to do in my position.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meat factories have been slated for underpaying farmers for lamb.’
    • ‘The union says in 2003 the company will take a wage survey and if we are underpaid, we will get additional wage increases.’
    • ‘We are there to support the teacher in the classroom and to assist in many other ways and, yes, we are underpaid.’
    • ‘The judge replied that most asylum-seekers who were threatened with penury couldn't get near the few underpaid lawyers who were prepared to give them a hearing.’
    • ‘Instead, we are often underpaid and overworked.’
    • ‘The final straw came when she discovered that she was heavily underpaid compared with male executives within the group doing similar or equivalent jobs.’
    • ‘Activists say the workers are underpaid and overworked and are turning now to an unusual source to help them complete their heavy workload.’
    • ‘He takes much of the credit for Lena's work, underpays her, and takes her for granted.’
    • ‘Our profession attracts highly educated, creative, hard-working and nurturing individuals, yet most of us are underpaid.’
    1. 1.1 Pay less than is due for (something)
      ‘late or underpaid tax’
      • ‘The penalty is applied after the IRS has audited your return and has determined that you have underpaid your tax.’
      • ‘In that case if they had underpaid their tax they would be required to pay the balance of the tax at the end of the year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A rail company is prosecuting a passenger who accidentally underpaid her fare by just 10p - and demanding £100 in costs.’
      • ‘I started recording the relief work I was getting, and so when I was underpaid by one class, I knew it, could inquire about it, and now I am going to be paid for it next cycle.’
      • ‘Apparently, those clubs have been underpaying songwriters (75% of the going rate) on the mandated royalties set by federal law.’
      • ‘In addition, he has substantially underpaid child support based on his annual incomes.’
      • ‘None of these men has ever been accused of underpaying their taxes by the same Revenue.’
      • ‘Equally, employees who may have underpaid their tax can arrange to have the back tax collected each month via their pay cheque, provided they let the Revenue know by the end of the month.’