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

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)

Examples of outplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russell badly outplayed Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain, and the Celtics won the game, 108-106, and their 11th NBA title. Mike Kupper, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024 Winning or losing Survivor shouldn’t have anything to do with what might win you a free drink at a pub quiz night, it should be based on … hmmmm, what should the criteria be … how about outwitting, outlasting, and outplaying the competition? Brian Moylan, Vulture, 27 Mar. 2024 Survivor Season 46 Breaks the Record — Again — for Most Players Voted Out with Idols In a Single Season While their love has outlasted some viewers’ expectations and reality TV pressures, their answers reveal their ongoing competitive spirits to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in Survivor. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 The Lakers just fired a coach who took over a 33-49 team two years ago and turned them into an in-season tournament champion and a team that basically outplayed Denver for most of their recent series loss. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for outplay 

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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outplay was in 1702

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“Outplay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outplay. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to play better than
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