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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The combined total of invalid ballots outnumbered Republican Ron DeSantis’s margin of victory over Democrat Andrew Gillum by more than 50,000 votes. Gary Fineout, The Seattle Times, "State: 83,000 voters in Florida didn’t cast a valid ballot," 5 Feb. 2019 Within that waste, animal waste outnumbered the human equivalent by 5 to 1. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What If Animal Feces Could Be Recycled for Metals and Valuable Elements?," 29 Nov. 2018 With an anti-choice justice sitting on the Supreme Court in Kennedy's place, the pro-choice and swing justices would be outnumbered for the first time in decades. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Do I Have to Vote? Here Are Some of the Scary Things That Could Happen If You Don't," 6 Nov. 2018 At least initially, the foragers outnumbered the migrants. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Chinese men, though, still outnumber women by more than 30 million, fueling a huge demand for foreign brides that has sucked in countless girls from neighboring Vietnam, Laos and North Korea. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 2018 New immigrant arrivals from Asia also outnumbered those from other regions of the world in recent years, with 37.4 percent of arrivals coming from Asia in 2015. NBC News, "Asian Americans now most economically divided group in U.S., report finds," 12 July 2018 Democrats outnumber Republicans in Montgomery; the last Republican county executive was elected in the 1970s and voters haven’t elected a Republican to the county council since 2002. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Elrich edges out Blair in Democratic primary for Montgomery County executive," 9 July 2018 Media outnumbered protesters, who were still getting lots of honks of support from drivers. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "'We give the utmost care': Melania Trump meets Tucson border officials, tours facility," 28 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 How to pronounce outnumber (audio) \
outnumbered; outnumbering

Kids Definition of outnumber

: to be more than in number

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