outdo

verb
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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Choose the Right Synonym for outdo

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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On a night when celebrities are trying to outdo one another at the Met Gala for the campiest, meme-iest looks, Kanye West went in a completely opposite direction. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kanye West's Met Gala Jacket Cost Less Than $50," 7 May 2019 The left is ascendant in the Democratic Party, as likely presidential candidates outdo each other with promises of free college, single-payer health care and a guaranteed income. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 Contribution," 27 Jan. 2019 It's become canon in the beauty industry and the standard of which makeup brands have been clambering to match—or outdo—over the past 12 months. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "One Year Later, This Is the Real Effect Fenty Has Had on the Beauty Industry," 14 Sep. 2018 The new muscle car model features a motor that summons a few elements from the 808 hp Demon’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 in an effort to outdo the original Hellcat’s 707 hp with a monstrous 797 hp. Fox News, "2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye unveiled with demonic 797 hp," 28 June 2018 Not to be outdone, model Paloma Elsesser smoldered in a black Valentino gown. Vogue, "The 17 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Diplo Wears Overalls, Erykah Badu Struts, and More," 30 Mar. 2019 Not to be outdone, Amazon.com lifted the wraps on its own robot in January. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Do Robots Dream of Electric Tips?," 4 Mar. 2019 If President Donald Trump is around, critics will enumerate his myriad and sometimes serious faults and then outdo him. Jay Ambrose, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Brett Kavanaugh an excellent Supreme Court pick," 11 July 2018 That segued to a story about how Jackson, who Chance considered the greatest performer of all time, inspired someone to outdo him: Beyoncé. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Chance the Rapper and Chadwick Boseman gave the best graduation advice," 13 May 2018

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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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outdo

verb

English Language Learners Definition of outdo

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

outdo

verb
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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