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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In the 2017-2018 school year alone, Seattle’s middle-school students outperformed the state by more than 10 percentage points in English, and around 15 percentage points in math. Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s school test scores improving — except for students learning English," 18 Sep. 2018 Recently, wind has been outperforming hydroelectric electricity in the US. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In 2017, four US states generated more than 30% of their electricity from wind," 27 Aug. 2018 Both are in the infancy stages of their NBA careers and already outperforming expectations by a mile. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Which Franchise Has the Brighter Future: 76ers or Celtics?," 8 May 2018 Real estate investment trusts that lease out space at warehouses and logistics centers have been outperforming those that focus on malls, rental apartments or office buildings. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "In the age of Amazon, warehouse powerhouse Prologis is getting bigger," 30 Apr. 2018 White students outperformed Hispanic students by about 23 points on the 500-point test nationally, with a 25-point gap in Texas. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "Texas 4th-graders ranked 45th nationally in reading last year. It's not as bad as it sounds," 10 Apr. 2018 Since the beginning of 2008, the Russell 3000 growth index outperformed its value counterpart by more than 70 percentage points, returning 10.3% annually, compared with 7% for value stocks. Ryan Derousseau, Fortune, "Why These 3 Beaten-Down Stocks Are Poised for Big Comebacks," 26 Mar. 2018 But both outperform bells by over 30 percent and avoid your house sounding like Santa's jingling down the chimney year round. Amanda Castleman, Good Housekeeping, "This $10 Accessory Will Stop Your Cat Killing Wild Birds," 23 Aug. 2017 Tech employment has also outperformed the economy at large. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Tech has taken over commercial real estate," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of outperform

1937, in the meaning defined above

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