out·​match | \ˌau̇t-ˈmach \
outmatched; outmatching; outmatches

Definition of outmatch 

transitive verb

: to prove superior to : outdo

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Examples of outmatch in a Sentence

believes Secretariat would outmatch any other horse in racing history

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Not only are our election guardians merely outmatched, but the system they guard is also rickety. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 That spending, however, is outmatched by expansion supporters. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Medicaid-Expansion Fights Pit Hospitals, Labor Against Conservative Groups, Tobacco Companies," 20 Oct. 2018 Arkin warns that much more research needs to be conducted before fielding them in lethal systems, but there are already systems which can outmatch humans in recognition tasks. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Is Backing Killer Robots," 14 Sep. 2018 That was outmatched by the wealthier Republican Governors Association, which has raised $113 million in the 2017-18 cycle so far. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Gov. Inslee hits the road to support Democratic gubernatorial candidates nationally," 27 Aug. 2018 The Cavaliers could try to outmatch other organizations by offering their star a five-year max contract worth $205 million. Jenna West, SI.com, "Shaq Doesn't Think LeBron James Needs to Chase Championships Anymore," 18 June 2018 And China’s global navigation satellite system, known as BeiDou, has some capabilities that outmatch even the United States’ GPS. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 Dow used an overpowering fastball and a sharp breaking ball to outmatch the Rocketeers (6-1). Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, "Kevin Dow and Tyler Dalton form dynamic duo for Mansfield baseball," 3 May 2018 The battle is on between Andrew Luck’s brain and his shoulder, and that shoulder is outmatched. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Andrew Luck's head tells his shoulder it's time to throw," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of outmatch

1593, in the meaning defined above

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to make faulty or ineffective

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