outdo

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verb out·do \ ˌau̇t-ˈdü \

Definition of outdo

outdid play \ˌau̇t-ˈdid\; outdone play \ˌau̇t-ˈdən\; outdoing play \ˌau̇t-ˈdü-iŋ\; outdoes play \ˌau̇t-ˈdəz\
transitive verb
1 :to go beyond in action or performance

Examples of outdo in a Sentence

  1. Smaller companies often outdo larger ones in customer service.

  2. My sister always tried to outdo me in school.

  3. 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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First Known Use of outdo

circa 1616

Synonym Discussion of 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


OUTDO Defined for English Language Learners

outdo

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verb

Definition of outdo for English Language Learners

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


OUTDO Defined for Kids

outdo

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verb out·do \ au̇t-ˈdü \

Definition of outdo for Students

outdid \-ˈdid\; outdone \-ˈdən\; outdoing \-ˈdü-iŋ\; outdoes \-ˈdəz\
:to do better than :surpass
  • He always tries to outdo everyone.


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