out·​prom·​ise | \ ˌau̇t-ˈprä-məs How to pronounce outpromise (audio) \
outpromised; outpromising

Definition of outpromise

transitive verb

: to promise more or better things than The field of would-be nominees is led by a puffed-up self-promoter who denounces overpromising politicians while outpromising them all …— John Farmer

Examples of outpromise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nothing is more entertaining than two liberals (Gov. Andrew Cuomo vs. Mayor Bill de Blasio ) trying to outpromise each other with other people’s money. WSJ, "Attention Commuters: Your Delay Is Caused by Politics," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of outpromise

1645, in the meaning defined above

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“Outpromise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outpromise. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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