out·​do | \ˌau̇t-ˈdü \
outdid\ ˌau̇t-​ˈdid \; outdone\ ˌau̇t-​ˈdən \; outdoing\ ˌau̇t-​ˈdü-​iŋ \; outdoes\ ˌau̇t-​ˈdəz \

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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Not to be outdone, Downtown personality Dara wore one the business casual way: unbuttoned and thrown on top of a yellow shirt. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 13 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Tracee Ellis Ross, Kali Uchis, and More," 13 Oct. 2018 Not to be outdone, Anne's brother Prince Charles and his wife Camilla also sent their best wishes via the Clarence House social media accounts. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How the Royal Family Is Celebrating Princess Anne's Birthday Today," 15 Aug. 2018 Not to be outdone by her thong bikini-wearing sisters, Kardashian showed off several winning swimsuits—including a barely-there number from On Girls Swim that defied the laws of gravity. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Is Kourtney Kardashian Having the Best Summer Ever?," 9 July 2018 Not to be outdone, Cuoco’s reception look stole the show. Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Kaley Cuoco Is Married & Her Reception Outfit Stole The Show," 1 July 2018 Not to be outdone, beauty brands like Tarte, First Aid Beauty, and Jouer Cosmetics are also included, as well as products for hair and body. Shireen Mohyi, Allure, "This Huge Dermstore Sale Will Only Last Until July 4 — Shop Before It’s Over," 28 June 2018 Not to be outdone, the winningest team in Major League Soccer history also has two players at the World Cup — Mexican siblings Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos. Fidel Martinez, latimes.com, "Where to watch the World Cup in Los Angeles," 14 June 2018 Elis, not to be outdone, continued to blast forward on piercing runs. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo earn first win over New York City FC," 26 May 2018 The collection outdoes the six at once first earned by Post Malone on May 12, which Drake later matched on June 9. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "Drake Ties The Game For Most No. 1s on Top Rap Albums Chart," 13 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of outdo

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


out·​do | \au̇t-ˈdü \
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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