out·​gun | \ ˌau̇t-ˈgən How to pronounce outgun (audio) \
outgunned; outgunning; outguns

Definition of outgun

transitive verb

: to surpass in firepower broadly : outdo

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Examples of outgun in a Sentence

a marketing firm whose innovative ad campaigns have consistently outgunned its rivals'
Recent Examples on the Web But this time Goff gets himself on track just enough to outgun a sputtering Bears offense. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Can the Chicago Bears beat the Los Angeles Rams and improve to 6-1 for the first time since 2012? Our Week 7 predictions.," 24 Oct. 2020 The new vehicle is built with a more capable, larger chassis, designed as an initial step toward building a next-generation cannon able to outgun existing Russian weapons. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Army builds new self-propelled Howitzer - cannon will hit 43.5 miles," 28 Aug. 2018 Performance outguns its electric rival, but not by much: 0-60 comes up in 3.3 seconds, with the quarter mile coming in at less than 11 seconds. Larry Printz, chicagotribune.com, "Ford’s most powerful gas-powered Mustang throws down the gauntlet against its electric sibling," 22 Nov. 2019 To win favor with Beijing, local officials have tried to outgun one another with newfangled latrines, many equipped with flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi and facial-recognition toilet paper dispensers. Sui-lee Wee, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates encourages the world to build a better toilet," 6 Nov. 2018 Russia’s violations of the INF treaty, new S-500 air defenses, new Armata tanks and fast growing attack drone fleet - all point to a growing need for the US to outrange and outgun potential adversaries. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Army builds new self-propelled Howitzer - cannon will hit 43.5 miles," 28 Aug. 2018 This resulted in Labour and the Conservatives attempting to outgun each other with tough legislation and spending pledges. The Economist, "Crime is back on the political agenda," 14 June 2018 Under the water, U.S. submarines outgun the Chinese. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What a Shooting War in the East China Sea Might Look Like," 27 Nov. 2013 Photo: philippe lopez/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Sky isn’t the first outfit to outgun everyone with a super team—Lance Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service outfit did the same. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Ugh: Another Queasy Tour de France," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of outgun

1694, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outgun was in 1694

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“Outgun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgun. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outgun

: to have more military weapons and power than (someone or something)

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