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 Studies from McKinsey and other sources have consistently found that inclusive teams make better business decisions and statistically outperform less diverse firms. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Investment management is overwhelmingly dominated by white men—and it’s costing you money," 19 June 2020 The aim is to see if atmospheric sensing can outperform existing methods: seismographs for earthquakes, Doppler weather radar for storms and so on. The Economist, "Planetary monitoring A plan to turn the atmosphere into one, enormous sensor," 11 June 2020 But the sector might be well positioned to outperform the broad market when the economy begins to recover from Covid-19 lockdowns, some analysts say. Simon Constable, WSJ, "Small ‘Value’ Stocks Are Down but Not Out," 8 June 2020 Dye expects the non-energy parts of the Texas economy to outperform national metrics. Dallas News, "Jobs are back, but don’t declare victory yet, not even in Texas," 5 June 2020 In fact, a survey of global fund managers released this week by Bank of America found that the highest percentage of investors expect growth stocks to outperform value since December 2007. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "How to invest in a pandemic: Buy boring stocks," 1 June 2020 This marks the third consecutive quarter of Tesla outperforming analyst predictions. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Elon Musk calls COVID-19 lockdowns “fascist,” distracting from another Tesla earnings win," 30 Apr. 2020 Previously, the state had routinely outperformed its estimates. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio lawmakers eye rainy day fund as state budget reels from coronavirus crisis," 7 Apr. 2020 Investors certainly seem to believe the group has a good chance of outperforming the current targets. Washington Post, "Shares Soar! Beyonce! Yet Adidas Plays it Safe," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of outperform

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Outperform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outperform. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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

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