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

transitive verb

: to exceed in number

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 2 Feb. 2023.

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out·​num·​ber (ˈ)au̇t-ˈnəm-bər How to pronounce outnumber (audio)
: to be more than in number
girls outnumber boys in the class

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