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'

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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 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of outgun

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

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