out·​num·​ber | \ˌau̇t-ˈnəm-bər \
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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She is expected to win the general election in a district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 6 to 1. WSJ, "No Tea Party on the Democrats’ Left Wing," 12 Sep. 2018 In Montgomery, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1, the winner of the Democratic primary is usually the overwhelming favorite in November. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Montgomery Democrat Nancy Floreen may launch independent run for county executive," 2 July 2018 Hogan’s enduring popularity makes him a formidable opponent, even in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Jealous declares victory in Maryland Democratic primary race for governor," 27 June 2018 The list of states where white deaths outnumber births now includes North Carolina and Ohio. Author: Sabrina Tavernise, Anchorage Daily News, "Fewer births than deaths among whites in majority of U.S. states," 21 June 2018 The list of states where white deaths outnumber births includes all six New England states. Sabrina Tavernise, BostonGlobe.com, "Fewer births than deaths among whites in majority of US states," 20 June 2018 Additionally, the political character of Ohio's 12th District differs significantly from Pennsylvania's 18th, an area that up until around the turn of the century was a Democratic bastion and where registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans. NBC News, "Ohio special election emerges as Democrats' next best chance to stun GOP," 17 June 2018 Newsom, a Democrat, is the heavy favorite to defeat Cox in November in a state where Democrats overwhelmingly outnumber Republicans. Liam Dillon, latimes.com, "John Cox says November race against Newsom is 'Venezuela' vs. 'California Dream'," 6 June 2018 While the three Southern California districts could offer Democrats some unwanted drama Tuesday, party officials felt broadly optimistic about their prospects in a state where undeclared voters now outnumber Republicans. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Californians Go to Polls With High Stakes and Some High Anxiety," 4 June 2018

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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 \
outnumbered; outnumbering

Kids Definition of outnumber

: to be more than in number

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