out·​per·​form | \ ˌau̇t-pər-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce outperform (audio) , 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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Related Berkshire hasn’t notably outperformed the S&P 500 in recent years. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "Warren Buffett’s Kraft Heinz Bet Dragged Down Berkshire Hathaway in 2018," 23 Feb. 2019 Women are outperforming men One of the most interesting dynamics to emerge in this year’s primaries is that women candidates consistently did better than their male counterparts. Li Zhou, Vox, "12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in politics," 6 Nov. 2018 Searching for alveoli The metamaterial-lens-equipped endoscope outperformed two other endoscopes that used more traditional optical components (a normal lens and a fiber that focuses light). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Metamaterial-equipped endoscope reveals your innermost secrets," 4 Aug. 2018 Hedge funds this year have outperformed the S. & P.’s United States bond index, which has lost 1.17 percent. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Should Be Thriving Right Now. They Aren’t.," 12 July 2018 The dollar had earlier edged higher in the overnight session, continuing a recent climb that has been propelled by bets that the U.S. economy will outperform its peers in the coming months. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Dollar Falls After Disappointing Retail Sales Report," 14 Feb. 2019 Silverman notes that more mainstream coverage, including from The New Yorker and CNN, outperformed these links. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook polarized us during the Kavanaugh hearings," 6 Oct. 2018 After years searching for the best solution, it was decided that the Sig Sauer MCX suppressor outperformed the competition and the award was recently issued. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Weapons upgrade set to make US Special Operations even more deadly," 13 Sep. 2018 And yet, study after study shows that firms that include women on their investment committees empirically outperform their peers. Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, "Financial World’s A-List Could Take Hollywood’s Cue on Inclusion," 18 June 2018

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outperform

: to do or perform better than (someone or something)

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