out·​match ˌau̇t-ˈmach How to pronounce outmatch (audio)
outmatched; outmatching; outmatches

transitive verb

: to prove superior to : outdo

Examples of outmatch in a Sentence

believes Secretariat would outmatch any other horse in racing history
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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outmatch was in 1593

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“Outmatch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outmatch. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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