out·​class | \ˌau̇t-ˈklas \
outclassed; outclassing; outclasses

Definition of outclass 

transitive verb

: to excel or surpass so decisively as to be or appear to be of a higher class

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Examples of outclass in a Sentence

The new model outclasses all past models. She outclassed everyone else in the dance competition.

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The Mariners rose to 24 games above .500 at one point this season, thanks largely to starting pitchers who (mostly) outplayed their baseball cards and outclassed their competition. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Mariners and Jerry Dipoto seem stuck with this starting rotation after lack of options at the trade deadline," 20 Aug. 2018 They were held to a draw in their fixture against Iceland and were also easily outclassed by Croatia in the end, losing 3-0. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Nigeria vs Argentina - Recent Form, Previous Encounters, Predictions & More," 25 June 2018 They were merely being outclassed by the team that had ended their last two playoff runs and that always seems to be just a little bit better than them. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Gleyber Torres Finishes Off a Yankees Rally to Beat the Astros," 30 May 2018 The home side outclassed their illustrious opponents throughout the contest, as Mauricio Pochettino's side displayed the style and swagger that has seen them dismantle Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at home in the Champions League this season. SI.com, "Tottenham Scores 11 Seconds in, Eases By Manchester United at Wembley," 31 Jan. 2018 Suarez Navarro had to save one match point in the 10th game before Wozniacki was outclassed in the tiebreaker. USA TODAY, "The Latest: Wozniacki advances to Australian Open semifinal," 22 Jan. 2018 The hosts dominated the game for more than half an hour, dictating the tempo and thoroughly outclassing the four-time World champions. SI.com, "France 3-1 Italy: Griezmann Penalty & Dembele Stunner the Difference in Electric Friendly Meeting," 1 June 2018 Things went downhill for Juan Carlos Osorio’s side from there, however, with the team outplayed by Sweden, and then outclassed by the talented and cohesive Brazilians. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Mexico heartbroken again with World Cup round of 16 loss against Brazil," 2 July 2018 Kylian Mbappe hit the winner on match day two in Group C, as Didier Deschamps' side largely overpowered and outclassed the Peruvians, but once again struggled to stamp a commanding authority on the scoreline. SI.com, "Why France's Quality and Experience Means Now is the Time to Stand and Deliver at the World Cup," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of outclass

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outclass was in 1870

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English Language Learners Definition of outclass

: to be or do much better than (someone or something)


out·​class | \au̇t-ˈklas \
outclassed; outclassing

Kids Definition of outclass

: to be or do much better than : surpass She outclassed everyone else in the competition.

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