out·​poll | \ ˌau̇t-ˈpōl \
outpolled; outpolling; outpolls

Definition of outpoll

transitive verb

1 : to receive more support in a poll than Why does opposition to gun bans outpoll opposition to gay marriage?— William Saletan
2 : to receive more votes than (an opponent) And itʼs not clear that Hollande, even if he were to outpoll the center-rightʼs candidate in the first round, could reunite his fractious left-wing …— Leo Michel

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This House midterm will hinge on marginal districts—suburban or exurban areas where Hillary Clinton outpolled Mr. Trump or came close. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Failure to Communicate," 2 Aug. 2018 In another California race, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the only Senate Democrat facing a serious primary challenge, outpolled her rivals by a big margin to advance to the November election. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 6 June 2018 He’s there again this year, largely because Hillary Clinton outpolled Donald Trump in his district in 2016 and Denham himself won his race by just three points. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Attack ad targets NRA support for California Republican," 12 Apr. 2018 The only politician who outpolls him is Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a left-wing former president. The Economist, "How a strike by lorry drivers will shape Brazil’s elections," 9 June 2018 Roy outpolled Matt McCall of Boerne, a three-time congressional challenger. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Ortiz Jones to face Hurd in S.A. congressional district," 22 May 2018 Orban is reasonably popular, outpolling the opposition. John Ahlquist, Washington Post, "Hungarians go to the polls today. But are voters enough to protect democracy?," 8 Apr. 2018 In polls earlier this year of possible presidential contenders, Mr. Widodo outpolled Mr. Subianto by more than 25 points. Anita Rachman, WSJ, "Islamic Conservatives Boost Candidate’s Comeback in Indonesia Presidential Race," 11 Apr. 2018 In March 2017 Sinn Fein came within 2,000 votes of outpolling the DUP in elections to the assembly. The Economist, "Twenty years after a peace deal the mood is sour in Northern Ireland," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of outpoll

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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