out·per·form | \ˌau̇t-pər-ˈfȯrm, ˌau̇t-pə-\
outperformed; outperforming; outperforms

Definition of outperform 

transitive verb

: to perform better than Today a kid who flips burgers can save enough money to buy a motorcycle that will outperform all but a couple of pricey sports cars.— James R. Petersen

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Jacobs' advisers also believe female candidates across the country are outperforming their poll numbers consistently this year and that the higher level of engagement by women voters could mean a bump of six to 10 points above normal returns. Maeve Reston, CNN, "California's primary could be another big night for female candidates," 5 June 2018 Looking specifically at House of Representatives races, averaged across 2017 and 2018, Democrats have outperformed Clinton’s margin by 14 points. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Democrats’ 2018 impeachment dilemma, explained," 30 Apr. 2018 With an audience of 800,000, the show also outperformed its first-run telecast the night before. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Ratings: Kevin Hart's 'TKO' Is Only 'OK' for CBS," 12 July 2018 Significantly outperforming Mitt Romney's margin four years earlier. NBC News, "Meet the Press -May 6, 2018," 6 May 2018 Black students, who make up 39 percent of CMS enrollment, outperformed every other district on the eighth-grade math exam. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "CMS ranks No. 1 on national eighth-grade math exam. But there's still some bad news. | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 For Virtus KAR Small Cap Growth Fund, the challenge remains the same: identifying strong companies that will outperform in any climate. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, "Small-Stock Fund Managers Dominate the Battle for Highest Returns," 8 July 2018 The parents point to D.C. Public Schools’ own testimonials that dual-language students often outperform their peers who aren’t in such programs on standardized tests and develop better problem-solving skills. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "Are dual-language programs in urban schools a sign of gentrification?," 3 July 2018 While SharkNinja’s advertisement said its vacuum outperformed Dyson’s DC65 on one type of carpet by nearly 15 percent, Dyson said its own independent testing proved otherwise. Hailey Mensik, chicagotribune.com, "Dyson wins $16 million in false-advertising case against SharkNinja," 13 June 2018

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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