out·​play | \ ˌau̇t-ˈplā How to pronounce outplay (audio) \
outplayed; outplaying; outplays

Definition of outplay

transitive verb

: to play better than especially : to outdo in playing a game The Knicks took a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 18 consecutive points in the third quarter, but outplayed the Kings down the stretch to win … The Times Union (Albany, New York)

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The Red Sox are a mediocre team getting outplayed by better teams. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "With the second half underway, here’s why the Red Sox continue to struggle against elite teams," 15 July 2019 At Flushing Meadows, she was outplayed by Naomi Osaka in a match that descended into chaos after Williams was docked a game for a heated argument with the chair umpire. Howard Fendrich, baltimoresun.com, "‘Not about 24’: Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in Wimbledon final," 11 July 2019 She was outplayed in the tiebreaker and in the third set. John Pye, Houston Chronicle, "Australian Open: Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens upsets signal rough start for U.S.," 15 Jan. 2018 O’Leary is outplaying Gesicki, who continues to struggle with physicality, and second-year tight end Durham Smythe. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins training camp Day 6: Stock up, stock down and other observations," 31 July 2019 Portland outplayed two of the best teams in MLS on their home fields by coming in with a game plan and executing on the field. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers make statement with back-to-back road wins," 11 July 2019 The Mariners rose to 24 games above .500 at one point this season, thanks largely to starting pitchers who (mostly) outplayed their baseball cards and outclassed their competition. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Mariners and Jerry Dipoto seem stuck with this starting rotation after lack of options at the trade deadline," 20 Aug. 2018 Mexico is hurting right now, feeling the sting of a mind-boggling seventh consecutive elimination at the round of 16 stage and outplayed (and out-simulated) by Neymar and his pals. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why USMNT fans should celebrate Mexico's World Cup loss," 3 July 2018 Charlotte Hornets: Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas The Hornets were badly outplayed in the interior during far too many games last season. oregonlive.com, "NBA mock draft 2019: Pelicans trade No. 4 pick after Anthony Davis deal; Blazers grab a Tar Heel and former Oregon Duck Bol Bol’s strong ‘pro day’ boosts his stock," 18 June 2019

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1702, in the meaning defined above

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: to play better than (a person or team)

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