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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The Democratic presidential candidates are busy staking out positions, preparing policy statements and trying to outdo each other in wonkiness. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A president who sleeps on the job? We would all rest easier.," 21 June 2019 Not to be outdone by his skill players, Wilson then served as lead blocker on the last 10 yards. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Play of the Week: Russell Wilson proves he’ll do ‘whatever it takes’ to help his RB score," 2 Oct. 2018 Boeing, in looking to outdo a competitor, made some less-than-ideal decisions about the plane and basically used software to get around a bunch of other problems with the model. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Delta’s CEO says the Boeing 737 Max 8 scandal has “traumatized” the aviation industry," 12 June 2019 The Mazda has also 3,500-pound towing capacity, also outdone by some competitors. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Mazda CX-9: Family hauler is versatile, well-equipped, has plenty of overall appeal," 8 June 2019 From a parade of platinum blonde to Tessa Thompson's whip of a braid, the Hollywood glam squads definitely outdid themselves this year. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "It Took Three Days and Countless Tests to Get Lady Gaga’s Gold Met Gala Eyelashes Just Right," 7 May 2019 Your lawn will be all the rage thanks to the plastic home's two chalkboards, kitchen accessories, and, not to be outdone, premium bay windows. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's Over-the-Top Family Playhouse Is Surprisingly Affordable," 6 Apr. 2019 Not to be outdone, Ms. Ross—who switched looks at least five times that evening—finished off the night with her own version of brightly colored marabou. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross Pulled Off a Mother-Daughter Style Moment for the Ages," 27 Mar. 2019 Not to be outdone, this summer the People’s Policy Project—Get it? Andy Kessler, WSJ, "A Universally Bad Idea," 21 Oct. 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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