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.
Recent Examples on the Web Samsung has announced an enhanced smartphone camera sensor that should easily outclass all rivals, including Apple’s iPhones. Paul Monckton, Forbes, "Samsung Suddenly Confirms Massive Galaxy-Beating Smartphone Camera," 25 Feb. 2021 Yes, even without an all-star crew of sidelined players, the defending NFC champions still had enough to outclass the Giants, losers of 39 of their past 51 games. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Replacements romp: Injured ravaged 49ers ravage Giants in 36-9 win," 27 Sep. 2020 Take the James Webb Space Telescope, the high-tech, revolutionary telescope designed to outclass the Hubble, as an example. Howard Bloom, Quartz, "The best way to make a profit as an aerospace company is to fail," 13 Jan. 2020 Such was the case Sunday, when a middle-of-the-road rebounding team outclassed IU 37-21. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Defenseless IU basketball hammered at Michigan," 16 Feb. 2020 From front to back Inter outfought and outclassed their opponents, seemingly winning every single duel with a Borussia Dortmund player during the opening 45 minutes. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Inter: Report, Ratings & Reaction as BVB Complete Historic UCL Comeback," 5 Nov. 2019 The mammoth round—and equally massive gun—still holds the title of the most powerful commercial handgun made (even though high-powered rifle rounds in specialized single shots technically still outclass it). Field & Stream, "The 30 Best Handguns for Outdoorsmen," 17 Sep. 2019 That is an absolutely ridiculous amount of memory and would outclass many laptops out there, which typically start at 8GB of RAM. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Galaxy S20 Ultra to come with a whopping 16GB of RAM," 14 Jan. 2020 However, Watford won't be judged based on an away trip to the best team in the world, and they were simply outclassed by a side on a different level to them. SI.com, "Manchester City 8-0 Watford: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Premier League Champions Run Riot," 21 Sep. 2019

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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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“Outclass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outclass. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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