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 Tropical fish and other marine animals, like black sea urchins, munch on fast-growing algae and seaweed that may otherwise outcompete the slow-growing coral for space. Christina Larson, The Denver Post, "Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica’s reefs, piece by piece," 18 Sep. 2019 But if the surroundings are further damaged by inflammation—sometimes a growing cancer can cause this itself—or old age, the cancer cell does better and starts to outcompete normal cells that used to crowd it out. Robert Gatenby, Scientific American, "Darwin’s Ideas on Evolution Drive a Radical New Approach to Cancer Drug Use," 3 Aug. 2019 But if that’s the case, why do tangle-web spiders act in ways that might conflict with an individual’s drive to outcompete its neighbors? Quanta Magazine, "Elusive Form of Evolution Seen in Spiders," 2 Oct. 2014 Biologists fear the toothed Asian invaders could outcompete native fish species and disrupt Chesapeake Bay ecology. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "81 snakehead fish caught swimming upstream at Conowingo Dam, a 'dramatic increase' in invasive species," 13 June 2019 Renewables won’t outcompete coal all year round, at least not yet. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Renewables Outproduced Coal Power in the U.S. for the First Time Ever," 2 May 2019 Weeds will outcompete eggplants until warm summer temperatures come. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018 Weeds will outcompete eggplants until warm summer temperatures come. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018 Because each cell is competing against all the others, the ones that are able to go on replicating will eventually outcompete their peers. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New system shows the earliest life could cooperate despite “cheaters”," 3 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of outcompete

1889, in the meaning defined above

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