out·​per·​form ˌau̇t-pər-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce outperform (audio)
outperformed; outperforming; outperforms

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

Examples of outperform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The New Investment Landscape Private markets have outperformed equities over the past 20 years by offering extra portfolio diversification with the potential for higher yields. Eric Satz, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Czech bonds have outperformed most European peers this year. Peter Laca, Fortune Europe, 27 Nov. 2023 Though Walmart raised its outlook, Chief Financial Officer John David Rainey noted Americans are continuing to pull back on discretionary spending, adding that health, wellness and grocery sales outperformed general merchandise. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 The bot outperforms ChatGPT in several Chinese-language tasks, Baidu says. Lionel Lim, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 The researchers suggest that all these robots work like hybrid soft-rigid systems (robots that are made of both soft and hard materials) that can outperform hard robots in terms of flexibility and overcome the design- and scale-related issues faced by soft robots. Rupendra Brahambhatt, Ars Technica, 18 Nov. 2023 Taken together, these figures show that the American economy has greatly outperformed expectations over the past year, shocking some of those who argued that a big slowdown and higher unemployment would be required to break the back of inflation. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 And the Times/Siena polls show that another Republican candidate, the former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, would outperform Mr. Trump against Mr. Biden by 3 percentage points in these six states. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 6 Nov. 2023 Drones with four rotors, called quadrotors, outperform birds in open spaces, per the statement. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outperform was in 1937

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“Outperform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outperform. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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