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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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 But there is one area where Nigeria outclassed the world: sales of its jerseys. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Artist designs cool Wakanda soccer uniforms for the World Cup," 12 July 2018 However, lifting the trophy proved to be a step too far for them, as they were outclassed 5-2 by Brazil in the final. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Mexico vs Sweden - Recent Form, Team News, Classic Encounter & More," 26 June 2018 So don’t doubt Croatia’s readiness to outclass France, and parade the World Cup trophy around Zagreb, of all places. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Photo: Wilson Rothman/The Wall Street Journal In a market such as this, Sonos—with trailing 12-month sales now just topping $1 billion—would appear hopelessly outclassed. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Sonos Can Play Its Own Tune," 9 July 2018 Bidding for a record-extending sixth World Cup in Russia, Brazil were one of five sides to qualify for the last eight without requiring extra-time and penalties, after outclassing Mexico 2-0 in Samara. Justin Davis, chicagotribune.com, "Tite: Brazil looking to avoid 'the horror of penalties'," 5 July 2018 In their second game against Morocco, Portugal were outclassed for much of the game but another Ronaldo goal put them in pole position ahead of matchday three. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Uruguay vs Portugal - Statistics, Team News, Predictions & More," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of outclass

1870, in the meaning defined above

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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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