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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Nobody should sneer at 60 percent of the vote, but Massachusetts is a distinctly bluer-than-average state, and most other Democratic senators outperformed Clinton that year. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren proved she’s ready for the big show," 27 June 2019 Eyebrow raising In her past research, Kaminiski has found dogs are uniquely skilled at understanding gestures, outperforming even non-human primates such as chimps. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "‘Puppy dog eyes’ evolved so dogs could communicate with us," 17 June 2019 That said, some guys who may fall into the 30s, then end up well outperforming those slots are Carsen Edwards, Chuma Okeke and Grant Williams. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Mailbag: Addressing Zion Williamson, Bol Bol and Burning Questions," 17 June 2019 Rather than outperforming China, India has underperformed Indonesia. The Economist, "A former official casts doubt on India’s GDP figures," 15 June 2019 Speakers of Farsi and Lao are unusually precise at describing taste, whereas speakers of Umpila outperformed all other languages’ speakers in their identification of smell. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 Apr. 2019 So one hospital might outperform another in some of them, but the second might do better in others. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Find out how Central Florida children's hospitals ranked in the annual U.S. News report," 26 June 2018 Mostly, though, because Dominic Thiem managed to outperform Djokovic. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Novak Djokovic’s 26-match Grand Slam winning streak ends in French Open semifinals," 8 June 2019 This meant that his fund did not resemble the conventional market, and thus had the chance to outperform. The Economist, "Troubles at the Woodford investment group point to a wider trend," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of outperform

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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