out·gun | \ˌau̇t-ˈgən \
outgunned; outgunning; outguns

Definition of outgun 

transitive verb

: to surpass in firepower broadly : outdo

Examples of outgun in a Sentence

a marketing firm whose innovative ad campaigns have consistently outgunned its rivals'

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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 If sellers outgun buyers, prices will continue to fall. The Economist, "Why it makes sense to invest in Treasury bonds," 26 May 2018 On the ARIA Albums Chart, The Greatest Showman outguns Justin Timberlake’s fifth solo studio album Man Of The Woods (RCA/Sony), which starts at No. 2. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Drake and 'The Greatest Showman' Extend Rule Over Australia's Charts," 12 Feb. 2018 Kyle Hicks, who rushed for 38 yards on 10 carries against the Sooners, will need to step up to support Hill if the Horned Frogs are going to have a chance to outgun the Sooners. Nathan Ruiz, ajc, "Big 12 Championship Game 2017: Date, time, TV schedule for Oklahoma-TCU," 28 Nov. 2017 View 73 Photos The 5.3-liter Silverado equipped with the optional eight-speed proved sluggish in acceleration, but the 6.2-liter V-8 was a rocket, quick enough to outgun many a sporty passenger car. Car and Driver, "2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500," 5 Oct. 2017 Despite the threat, an unprompted direct attack is extremely unlikely because the United States vastly outguns Pyongyang, which values the continuation of its dictatorship above all else. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "As NKorea vows response, US dismisses calls to pause drills," 22 Aug. 2017 Uber plunged into China in 2013, and Mr. Kalanick spent billions of dollars to outgun the local incumbent Didi Chuxing — only to have to retreat last year, partly because of heavy losses. Mike Isaac, New York Times, "Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire," 23 Apr. 2017 This is Cupertino’s attempt to prove a tablet can replace and outgun your laptop. David Pierce, WIRED, "Review: Apple iPad Pro," 11 Nov. 2015

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1694, in the meaning defined above

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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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