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

Examples of outperform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Milwaukee’s Josh Hader and Oakland’s Blake Treinen, who each provided about 4.0 fWAR, are the only relievers who have outperformed Yates in that time. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "Padres closer Kirby Yates is an All-Star the Angels let get away," 8 July 2019 Apple has for years made smartphone and tablet processors that far outperform chips from rivals, designing its own cores instead of licensing them from ARM, and that’s remained true even with ARM’s latest designs. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Apple hires key ARM engineer in race to ditch Intel," 26 June 2019 The luxury sector, which has outperformed the broader market in the current downturn, will likely continue to cruise faster. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "China’s New Emissions Rules Choke Local Car Makers," 18 June 2019 At an August 2016 meeting, Eric Trump allegedly told Fintiklis and two other Ithaca board members that the hotel was outperforming the market in Panama, a claim the suit asserts was false. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, "Trump Companies Accused of Tax Evasion in Panama," 3 June 2019 The resulting paper-like material has a high charge storage capacity relative to its size, one that far outperforms batteries. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Battery Fashion: Scientists Weave Rechargeable Electronics Into Clothes," 9 Nov. 2018 If researchers could build a quantum computer that could outperform classical supercomputers, the thinking goes, cryptographers could use a particular algorithm called Shor’s algorithm to render the RSA cryptosystem unsalvageable. Quanta Magazine, "Why Quantum Computers Might Not Break Cryptography," 15 May 2017 Though Biden has held on to the top spot since announcing his candidacy, Sanders and Warren appear to slightly outperform him in the newest data. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Biden, Sanders, And Warren Tied In New 2020 Election Poll," 27 Aug. 2019 That convergence is the only way to win consistently and to outperform your talent. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Utah preview: Punishing lines, veteran playmakers lead Utes to another South title," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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