out·​do | \ ˌau̇t-ˈdü How to pronounce outdo (audio) \
outdid\ ˌau̇t-​ˈdid How to pronounce outdid (audio) \; outdone\ ˌau̇t-​ˈdən How to pronounce outdone (audio) \; outdoing\ ˌau̇t-​ˈdü-​iŋ How to pronounce outdoing (audio) \; outdoes\ ˌau̇t-​ˈdəz How to pronounce outdoes (audio) \

Definition of outdo

transitive verb

1 : to go beyond in action or performance

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exceed, surpass, transcend, excel, outdo, outstrip mean to go or be beyond a stated or implied limit, measure, or degree. exceed implies going beyond a limit set by authority or established by custom or by prior achievement. exceed the speed limit surpass suggests superiority in quality, merit, or skill. the book surpassed our expectations transcend implies a rising or extending notably above or beyond ordinary limits. transcended the values of their culture excel implies preeminence in achievement or quality and may suggest superiority to all others. excels in mathematics outdo applies to a bettering or exceeding what has been done before. outdid herself this time outstrip suggests surpassing in a race or competition. outstripped other firms in sales

Examples of outdo in a Sentence

Smaller companies often outdo larger ones in customer service. My sister always tried to outdo me in school. She scored 20 points in the first game. Not to be outdone, I scored 30 points myself in the second game.
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Recent Examples on the Web In 2017, Popik managed to outdo Lighter’s discovery by finding an even earlier reference to the game, again authored by Ramble in The New World. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "What Dixie Really Means," 26 June 2020 You may be tempted to outdo a companion by frittering away your money as if there were a spending competition. oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 15, 2020: Happy birthday Jim Belushi; Capricorn, dig in your heels," 15 June 2020 Two of your great-uncles had migrated from Sandersville to Detroit, planted roots, and set out to outdo each other in the baby making department. Bernice L. Mcfadden, Longreads, "What Didn’t Kill Her," 5 June 2020 Not to be outdone, Colts owner Jim Irsay gave a brief performance of his own via Twitter as part of a PSA urging Colts fans to heed government orders and remain indoors to prevent spreading of COVID-19. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Colts owner Jim Irsay urges fans to 'follow the playbook' and remain indoors," 27 Mar. 2020 Not to be outdone, Westley Sellers had a triple-double for the Mavericks with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, adding four steals. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Morton Ranch, Paetow take district titles into boys basketball playoffs," 24 Feb. 2020 Not to be outdone, the 49ers are second in scoring offense (29.9 PPG) and the eighth in scoring defense (19.4 PPG). John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Divisional Round: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers odds, picks and best bets," 9 Jan. 2020 Not to be outdone, Rogers answered with a 57-yard scoring romp for the host team with 11:34 still left in the quarter. Robert Ladnier, al, "Kierstan Rogers, Theodore defense lead way in 7A, Region 1 win over Davidson," 19 Oct. 2019 Not to be outdone, the city of University Heights is also making check-in calls available to its senior residents. cleveland, "Seniors can get “check-in calls” during pandemic in Cleveland Hts, University Hts.: Press Run," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of outdo

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outdo was circa 1616

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outdo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdo. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outdo

: to do better than (someone or something) : to be more successful than (someone or something)


out·​do | \ au̇t-ˈdü How to pronounce outdo (audio) \
outdid\ -​ˈdid \; outdone\ -​ˈdən \; outdoing\ -​ˈdü-​iŋ \; outdoes\ -​ˈdəz \

Kids Definition of outdo

: to do better than : surpass He always tries to outdo everyone.

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