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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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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Manuel outdid Australia’s Cate Campbell on the final leg, with the Americans winning by 3.02 seconds. Staff And Wire Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Simone Manuel completes historic swim meet," 28 July 2019 In the 2018 midterm elections, Pelosi’s Democrats far outdid Hillary Clinton’s 2016 performance. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "No More Chastened Democrats," 28 June 2019 The prosecutors, as often seems to be prerequisite today, would not have been outdone by Salem’s witch-trial judges in their moral indignation. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "What We Do in the Shadows," 24 June 2019 PayPal outdid many other companies in the software and services industry with a 14.2% total return. Charlie Mcgee, WSJ, "Strong Returns Lift Pay for Software CEOs," 17 June 2019 But like every tall building before them, both towers would be outdone in height. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Not to be outdone, Putin, who has his own Eurasian vision, met one on one with leaders of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland during the fifth International Arctic Forum, held in April in St. Petersburg. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Nations Claim Large Overlapping Sections of Arctic Seafloor," 23 July 2019 According to Marijuana Business Daily, the industry is on pace to outdo itself in terms of number of deals in 2019, and the transactions involving private companies have nearly tripled. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "The newest mega-merger in cannabis marks one more step toward Big Weed," 21 July 2019 Even coming off a sparkling freshman campaign that earned her a spot on first-team All-County, Hobert still managed to outdo herself in almost every aspect this spring. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Hammond senior Liguori finishes on top as Howard County softball Player of Year," 18 June 2019

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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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