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.
Recent Examples on the Web Republicans outnumber Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate, which gets final say on Barrett's confirmation likely later this month. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court hearings lacked the drama that Brett Kavanaugh's proceedings had. Here's why.," 17 Oct. 2020 Soon, however, a revolutionary new telescope launching in 2025 may be able unlock the secrets of the darkness of space, where sunless worlds may even outnumber the stars. Nola Taylor Redd, Smithsonian Magazine, "How NASA’s New Telescope Will Help Astronomers Discover Free-Floating Worlds," 30 Sep. 2020 Trump flags seemed to far outnumber American ones; at least one Confederate flag flew among them. Jenna Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "White men backing Trump say they can’t be swayed," 27 Sep. 2020 In the long term, many believe the biggest threat to Israel's survival as a Jewish-majority and democratic state is the conflict with the Palestinians, who may soon outnumber Jews in the territory between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Trump's Mideast deals tout 'peace' where there was never war," 14 Sep. 2020 At this rate, India's total number of cases, now at over 3.6 million, is on track to outnumber that of Brazil to become the second highest in the world, behind the US. Nectar Gan And Esha Mitra, CNN, "India presses ahead with reopening as daily coronavirus caseload surges to record-breaking high," 31 Aug. 2020 In one bone bed, teeth from Spinosaurus outnumber those of other dinosaurs by roughly 150 to one. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Case for 'river monster' Spinosaurus strengthened by new fossil teeth," 28 Apr. 2020 And starting in 2016, used sales began to outnumber new in the state. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado auto sales drop for the first time in three years," 31 Jan. 2020 The 2018 elections produced a further leftward shift in the General Assembly, which represents an electorate where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1. Washington Post, "Armed with $1 million, John King launches new group to address systemic racism in Maryland," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of outnumber

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outnumber was in 1598

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“Outnumber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outnumber. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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