out·​class | \ ˌau̇t-ˈklas How to pronounce outclass (audio) \
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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Looked and sounded good, but seemed outclassed in this field. Aric Chokey, sun-sentinel.com, "How did the Democratic candidates do in their first round of debates? We rated them.," 28 June 2019 However, despite Juventus currently enjoying a good run of form, Son has declared that Spurs have the potential to outclass the Italian giants and continue their promising run in Europe, as reported by Sky Sports. SI.com, "'We Are Not Scared': Tottenham's Son Heung-Min Has Declared Spurs Won't Be Intimidated by Juventus," 5 Mar. 2018 In this role, they were utterly outclassed by the Prussian Krupp artillery, leading to a general European disdain for the effectiveness of machine guns that would last until the First World War. Ian Mccollum, Popular Mechanics, "Forgotten Weapons: The Mitrailleuse," 9 Dec. 2015 But a look at the film will tell you that Washington was outclassed until only a miracle could salvage a win. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Washington’s Rose Bowl loss continues frustrating narrative: Huskies still looking for signature win under Chris Petersen," 1 Jan. 2019 Sure, a new MacBook Air is great, but if Apple can’t maintain specs to keep up with the times, it’ll quickly be outclassed by the competition again. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Apple," 27 Dec. 2018 This plane could outclass the Luftwaffe’s fighters—and, with external fuel tanks giving it still longer range, accompany the bombers all the way to their targets in the Fatherland and back. David A. Price, WSJ, "‘Big Week’ Review: The Seven-Day Blow," 23 Nov. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce outclass (audio) \
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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