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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City streets are festooned with flags, banners and billboards of Erdogan and the AKP, far outnumbering the other candidates’ posters. Washington Post, "Turkey heads to landmark presidential, parliamentary vote," 22 June 2018 City streets are festooned with flags, banners and billboards of Erdogan and the AKP, far outnumbering the other candidates' posters. Elena Becatoros And Zeynep Bilginsoy, Fox News, "Turkey heads to landmark presidential, parliamentary vote," 22 June 2018 Thus when outnumbered it’s smart to pick off an enemy or two beforehand, make the fight a bit easier. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "How Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's grappling hook arm changes Dark Souls-style combat," 12 June 2018 Their experiences and their bylines far outnumber mine. Kate Guarino, refinery29.com, "In One Year As A Journalist, I’ve Lost Track Of All The Mass Shootings I’ve Covered," 29 May 2018 Cleveland has a homeless population that outnumbers the amount of available shelter beds. Sam Rosenstiel, Cincinnati.com, "How does cleaning tent cities fight the larger issue of homelessness?," 7 May 2018 And since deaths far outnumber births, the population will continue to shrink, unless there is an unlikely influx of newcomers. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "The tiniest addicts: How U.P. babies became part of opioid epidemic," 2 May 2018 And women who are neither in work nor looking for employment far outnumber men who are economically inactive. Bloomberg.com, "Gender Pay Gap Highlights U.K. Economy's ‘Untapped Potential’," 4 Apr. 2018 But recreational fishers say the legislation would create flexibility for hobbyists, who outnumber commercial fishers. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Couple sells everything to live on a sailboat; it sinks on day 2: report," 10 Feb. 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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