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 Before long, the Marvel Studios shows on Disney Plus might outnumber the Marvel Studios movies in theaters. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 7 Oct. 2021 The Chargers’ first home game in front of fans two weeks ago against Dallas saw Cowboys fans outnumber Chargers fans by at least a 6-to-1 margin. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 4 Oct. 2021 Stade noted that cattle outnumber wild horses on the West’s public lands 30 to 1. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 The headlines detailing romantic splits, on-record disses, and aborted reunions far outnumber the Fugees' two-album tracklist, but never their influence. Brian Josephs, EW.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Green Bay fans seemed to outnumber Saints fans in a crowd announced at 35,242 for what was officially a Saints home game. Brett Martel, ajc, 13 Sep. 2021 Green Bay fans seemed to outnumber Saints fans in a crowd announced at 35,242 for what was officially a Saints home game. Brett Martel, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Sep. 2021 In a conspicuous oversight, in a city where Hispanics outnumber non-Hispanic whites, Latin-American composers are nowhere to be seen. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 Of course, this first test run was in deep blue California, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 2-1. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 16 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of outnumber

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Outnumber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outnumber. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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