out·​num·​ber | \ ˌau̇t-ˈnəm-bər How to pronounce outnumber (audio) \
outnumbered; outnumbering; outnumbers

Definition of outnumber

transitive verb

: to exceed in number

Examples of outnumber in a Sentence

With 20 girls and 10 boys in the class, girls outnumber boys by 2 to 1.

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But based on the size of the prints, the group seems to have been mostly children and teenagers, who outnumbered the adults by at least four to one. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "80,000-year-old footprints reveal Neanderthal social life," 10 Sep. 2019 Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 2.93-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 2.43-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Apple drives Wall Street higher as U.S. delays some tariffs," 13 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, in District 4, which covers a dense swath of the Westside bounded by the Fairview Developmental Center, Harbor Boulevard, Monrovia Avenue and West 17th Street, Democrats outnumbered Republicans by nearly 3 to 1. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa reflects O.C.’s Democratic flip, though Huntington, F.V. and Newport remain Republican," 8 Aug. 2019 Even in the bottom 40 positions on the chart, songs by male artists outnumbered songs by women nearly two to one. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Female Artists Account for Just 21% of Songs on Billboard's Country Airplay Chart, New Study Finds," 2 Aug. 2019 Surrounded and outnumbered four to one by Chinese troops, 30,000 Marines fought their way 70 miles over 17 days in an against-all-odds escape to the seaport at Hungnam. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "At 100, WWII and Korean War veteran honored for his place in Marine Corps history," 11 July 2019 His popularity has boosted the party’s fundraising to historic levels, and the GOP spent heavily last year in hopes of expanding its footprint in Maryland, where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by a margin of 2-to-1. Washington Post, "Maryland Republican Party begins to ponder its future without Hogan," 9 July 2019 The men not only outnumbered their female colleagues by 57 percent to 43 percent, but had amassed roughly twice as many followers. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Male Echo Chamber of Political Twitter," 26 June 2018 Students from mainland China make up one-third of all international students in the U.S. and outnumber those from the second and third most represented countries (India and South Korea) combined. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, "The “Post-Truth” Publication Where Chinese Students in America Get Their News," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of outnumber

1598, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outnumber

: to be more than (someone or something) in number


out·​num·​ber | \ au̇t-ˈnəm-bər How to pronounce outnumber (audio) \
outnumbered; outnumbering

Kids Definition of outnumber

: to be more than in number

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