verb out·do \-ˈdü\

: to do better than (someone or something) : to be more successful than (someone or something)


Full Definition of OUTDO

transitive verb
:  to go beyond in action or performance

Examples of OUTDO

  1. Smaller companies often outdo larger ones in customer service.
  2. My sister always tried to outdo me in school.
  3. She scored 20 points in the first game. Not to be outdone, I scored 30 points myself in the second game.

First Known Use of OUTDO


Synonym Discussion of OUTDO

exceed, surpass, transcend, excel, outdo, outstrip mean to go or be beyond a stated or implied limit, measure, or degree. exceed implies going beyond a limit set by authority or established by custom or by prior achievement <exceed the speed limit>. surpass suggests superiority in quality, merit, or skill <the book surpassed our expectations>. transcend implies a rising or extending notably above or beyond ordinary limits <transcended the values of their culture>. excel implies preeminence in achievement or quality and may suggest superiority to all others <excels in mathematics>. outdo applies to a bettering or exceeding what has been done before <outdid herself this time>. outstrip suggests surpassing in a race or competition <outstripped other firms in sales>.
OUTDO Defined for Kids


verb out·do \at-ˈdü\
out·did \-ˈdid\out·done \-ˈdən\out·do·ing \-ˈdü-iŋ\out·does \-ˈdəz\

Definition of OUTDO for Kids

:  to do better than :  surpass <He always tries to outdo everyone.>


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