out·​gun | \ ˌau̇t-ˈgən How to pronounce outgun (audio) \
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'
Recent Examples on the Web But during the pandemic, the profits that division generates—more than $2 billion in 2020—are giving Sea the financial firepower to outgun its rivals. Simon Willis, Fortune, 29 June 2021 But this time Goff gets himself on track just enough to outgun a sputtering Bears offense. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 28 Aug. 2018 This resulted in Labour and the Conservatives attempting to outgun each other with tough legislation and spending pledges. The Economist, 14 June 2018 Under the water, U.S. submarines outgun the Chinese. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 27 Nov. 2013

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First Known Use of outgun

1694, in the meaning defined above

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“Outgun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgun. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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