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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In bull markets, there might be a dozen other businesses trying to outcompete you in almost any sector. Carlos Gonzalez-cadenas, WIRED, 24 Dec. 2022 The authors report that there's a fair amount of evidence that European H. pylori strains are generalists who outcompete the specialist East Asian and Amerindian lineages. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 20 July 2011 Should a new, more infectious variant emerge and outcompete the others, Krauland says, infections could rise sharply again. WIRED, 9 Nov. 2022 On top of trying to outcompete China, which is the intent of the CHIPS Act recently passed to support the U.S. semiconductor sector, Washington is now purposely and openly working to hold back Chinese economic progress. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 25 Oct. 2022 The crippling fear of weight gain begins to outcompete the biological urge to eat, spiraling downward into more weight loss and distorted thinking. Kate Siber, New York Times, 18 Oct. 2022 But for now, the jury is still out on whether the BA.4/5-targeting booster will outcompete the BA.1-targeting booster and whether the FDA was wise to pass on authorizing the BA.1-targeting booster earlier this summer. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 14 Sep. 2022 These freshwater invaders outcompete native species and eat their eggs, even damaging fisheries. Gary Hartley, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2022 That is, a variant from a distant part of SARS-2’s family tree could appear suddenly and outcompete everything else in the landscape, just as the original Omicron did last year around Thanksgiving. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 3 Feb. 2023.

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