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 In warmer soils, fast-growing grasses and willow shrubs can outcompete the slower-growing mosses, lichens and dwarf shrubs that were prevalent before the fire. Randi Jandt, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 Viruses with an advantage will outcompete other viruses, and will eventually make up the majority of virus particles infecting someone. Dakin Andone, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 Virologists expect Delta to outcompete new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including Lambda and Mu, in their hunt for people susceptible to Covid-19. WSJ, 10 Sep. 2021 Viruses with an advantage will outcompete other viruses, and will eventually make up the majority of virus particles infecting someone. Dakin Andone, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 Viruses with an advantage will outcompete other viruses, and will eventually make up the majority of virus particles infecting someone. Dakin Andone, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 If there’s a plant perfectly suited to outcompete the farmers, researchers and chemical companies that collectively define industrial American agriculture, it’s Palmer amaranth. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Viruses with an advantage will outcompete other viruses, and will eventually make up the majority of virus particles infecting someone. Dakin Andone, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 Viruses with an advantage will outcompete other viruses, and will eventually make up the majority of virus particles infecting someone. Dakin Andone, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of outcompete

1889, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2021

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“Outcompete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcompete. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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