outcompete

verb
out·​com·​pete | \ ˌau̇t-kəm-ˈpēt How to pronounce outcompete (audio) \
outcompeted; outcompeting

Definition of outcompete

transitive verb

: to defeat, outdo, or displace by competing more effectively or aggressively rival teams trying to outcompete one another … one popular theory holds that dinosaurs outcompeted rival groups in their rise to world domination.— Kate Wong

Examples of outcompete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, some ecologists are concerned that with so much human help, the newcomers might outcompete their wild cousins, causing an ecological ripple effect that would threaten both the bees and the plants that depend on them. Jennifer Clare Ball, Wired, "Why Some Ecologists Worry About Rooftop Honey Bee Programs," 2 Oct. 2020 Feeders can also support both native and introduced birds that outcompete local species. Popular Science, "Expert-approved ways to feed all your favorite birds," 8 Mar. 2020 Examples from humans have demonstrated that in some circumstances the oseltamivir-resistant flu virus can outcompete all other flu strains, even in the absence of drug pressure. Naomi Lubick, Scientific American, "Q&A: Keeping antivirals viable," 18 Sep. 2019 This would enable Reliance to outcompete even the most consumer-friendly fintech players in the Indian market today. Tanvi Ratna, Quartz India, "The Facebook-Jio deal may create competition in India’s e-payments—just like RBI wanted," 22 Apr. 2020 Several cleaning product manufacturers are already exploring the idea of adding specific microbes to indoor environments to outcompete or attack harmful microbes and curate others. Mark Fretz, The Conversation, "Buildings have their own microbiomes – we’re striving to make them healthy places," 17 Apr. 2020 Feeders can also support both native and introduced birds that outcompete local species. Popular Science, "Expert-approved ways to feed all your favorite birds," 8 Mar. 2020 Feeders can also support both native and introduced birds that outcompete local species. Julian Avery, The Conversation, "It’s OK to feed wild birds – here are some tips for doing it the right way," 2 Mar. 2020 Figuring out more and studying their dynamics in culture may help us understand how the viruses can sometimes outcompete their smaller and faster-moving relatives. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Giant viruses may be attacking the microbes in our guts," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of outcompete

1889, in the meaning defined above

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7 Oct 2020

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“Outcompete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcompete. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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