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

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 But the increasing share of single-family home rental communities, particularly those developed by large Wall Street firms, is feeding fears among federal and state lawmakers that corporate owners will outcompete potential home buyers and drive prices further out of reach for many Americans. Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2024 But researchers agree that more study is needed to find out whether Joro spiders will outcompete native spiders or otherwise damage East Coast ecology. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 11 June 2024 Ankara cannot match China’s state financing capabilities, but Turkish firms in some cases outcompete Chinese companies for highway and airport construction contracts. Asli Aydintasbas, Foreign Affairs, 6 June 2024 Modern humans could have outcompeted them for resources, for one. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2024 These territorial fish have done an excellent job adapting to new water bodies and outcompeting existing species. Max Inchausti, Field & Stream, 22 May 2024 Big-box boom Big-box discount stores like Kmart, Walmart and Target began outcompeting shopping centers in the 1980s because of their low prices and convenience. Johnathan Williams, The Conversation, 25 Apr. 2024 With a similar diet to D. avus, dogs may have helped speed the foxes’ extinction by outcompeting them. Mindy Weisberger, CNN, 11 Apr. 2024 In 2008, Mills, the UC Davis professor, was an author on a study that sequenced the genome of B. infantis and that showed that as soon as babies start to be weaned and introduced to foods, which may include plant fibers, B. infantis is outcompeted by other bacteria. Deborah Balthazar, STAT, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outcompete was in 1889

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“Outcompete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcompete. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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