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

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'
Recent Examples on the Web The Hurricanes can outrun and outgun anyone in their path, and it’s been fun to watch. Tanner McGrath, Chicago Tribune, 1 Apr. 2023 The Russians are expected to continue to outgun the Ukrainian military, launching tens of thousands of rounds of artillery each day in addition to salvos of missiles and other munitions, according to Western intelligence assessments. Dan Lamothe and Karen Deyoung, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1694, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 22 Sep. 2023.

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