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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Recent Examples on the Web Tech sector year-over-year earnings growth is expected to outperform the S&P 500 pretty convincingly by a score of 21.1% to 14.8%, research firm CFRA said. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 These institutions often outperform American and Chinese colleges in the International Collegiate Programming Contest—a festival of unsurpassed and joyful nerdery. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Although high-quality super-automatic espresso machines allow users to adjust and calibrate their coffee to make superb espresso, the best manual machines can outperform them when used properly. Jeff Harper, chicagotribune.com, 11 Mar. 2021 Since 2010, more girls than boys have entered universities, and girls regularly outperform boys in standardized testing, calling into question the traditional view that boys are naturally more academic. NBC News, 5 Mar. 2021 Asset managers simply do not outperform the market by enough, or at all, to make up for the 1, 2 or 3% fee that is charged to support the stock- and bond-picking operations. Star Tribune, 21 Feb. 2021 Financial performance: Companies in the top quarter for gender diversity on executive teams are 25% more likely to financially outperform those in the bottom quarter. Frank Orozco, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Given this analysis, which sectors are best positioned to outperform from a weaker dollar? Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 25 May 2021 Despite the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hampshire's state revenues continue to outperform budget writers' expectations. Christian Wade, Washington Examiner, 5 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of outperform

1937, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2021

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“Outperform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outperform. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outperform

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

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