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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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 Mr Reschenthaler could have matched Mr Lamb in youth and energy, and outdone him on legislative experience. The Economist, "Wham, bam, thank you Lamb," 15 Mar. 2018 Lady Gaga absolutely outdid herself for the 2019 Golden Globes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Lady Gaga Accidentally Pays Tribute to Judy Garland's 'A Star Is Born' Look at Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Not to be outdone by Michelle Obama's Balenciaga thigh-high boots heard round the world yesterday, Obama's appearance on the track made its way around the Internet this morning to much delight. Vogue, "Barack Obama Guest Stars on the Last "Hamildrop" Hamilton Mixtape," 21 Dec. 2018 Harry, not to be outdone by his wife's chic attire, traded in his go-to navy blue suit for a trim tuxedo. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Had the Best Reaction to Prince Harry Kissing an Elephant Puppet," 19 Nov. 2018 Not to be outdone by Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com just took to Twitter to do a little Trump-trolling of its own. Tierney Mcafee, PEOPLE.com, "Dictionary Trolls President Trump for Bragging About Being 'Non-Braggadocious'," 6 Feb. 2018 What Lyft Is Doing Forever determined to not be outdone, Lyft launched its own The Ride to Vote initiative a couple weeks before Uber's announcement. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "How to Get to the Polls on Election Day for Free, or Close to It," 19 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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