out·​class ˌau̇t-ˈklas How to pronounce outclass (audio)
outclassed; outclassing; outclasses

transitive verb

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

Examples of outclass in a Sentence

The new model outclasses all past models. She outclassed everyone else in the dance competition.
Recent Examples on the Web From the start, the Buccaneers outclassed and outcoached a more talented team. Rob Maaddi, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 On Saturday, Iowa outclassed Colorado from the start, finishing the second quarter with a 13 point lead, and never allowed the Buffaloes to come within touching distance at the MVP Arena in Albany, New York. Issy Ronald, CNN, 31 Mar. 2024 The book centers on longtime costars Joan Davis and Dash Howard, whose sizzling onscreen chemistry is only outclassed by their offscreen bickering. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 11 July 2023 While colossal squid have the largest eyes in the animal kingdom, they are outclassed in another metric: eye-to-body-mass ratio. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 23 Feb. 2024 Baltimore didn't seem outclassed in its 17-10 loss to Kansas City, but the Ravens were way too mistake-prone after falling behind early. Noah Trister, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2024 This fearsome creature was not the largest animal of the tropical Cretaceous oceans: It was outclassed by several species of enormous long-necked plesiosaurs, such as the 26-foot-long Callawayasaurus colombiensis. Santiago Flórez, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Feb. 2024 Despite being outclassed by Madrid, Xavi tried to focus on the other chances his team has to lift a trophy this season with Barcelona set to face Napoli in the Champions League round-of-16 next month. Joseph Wilson, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 Hank Azaria's prime Frink gibberish outclasses the sleepy Lewis, although the segment never finds much interesting to do with the whole conceit. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 24 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outclass was in 1870

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“Outclass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outclass. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


out·​class (ˈ)au̇t-ˈklas How to pronounce outclass (audio)
: to do or be so much better than as to appear of a higher class

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