out·​sell | \ˌau̇t-ˈsel \
outsold\ˌau̇t-​ˈsōld \; outselling

Definition of outsell 

transitive verb

1 archaic : to exceed in value

2 : to exceed in number of items sold

3 : to surpass in selling or salesmanship

Examples of outsell in a Sentence

Diet sodas are now beginning to outsell regular sodas in the supermarkets. We've been outselling our competitors for the past five years.

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Early analyst reports suggest that the XS Max is greatly outselling the XS. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone XS and XS Max review: Big screens, big performance, big lenses, big prices," 1 Oct. 2018 In just a few years, AmazonBasics had grabbed nearly a third of the online market for batteries, outselling both Energizer and Duracell on its site. New York Times, "Amazon, the Brand Buster," 23 June 2018 Other takeaways from StubHub's findings include the dominating Swift outselling the Eagles by more than 40 percent of their overall ticket sales and Styles by over 65 percent. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Dominate StubHub's Top Summer Tours of 2018: Exclusive," 30 May 2018 In May, the Model 3 outsold all other luxury midsize cars, such as the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Mr. Musk said. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "Tesla Turns Back Rare Challenge From Shareholders," 5 June 2018 Arctic Monkeys' new release outsold the rest of the top 40 on the vinyl albums sales chart combined, according to the Official Charts Company. Paul Sexton, Billboard, "Arctic Monkeys Land Sixth Straight U.K. No. 1 Album," 21 May 2018 Each year his amazing live concerts attract more than 600,000 fans and outsell mega artists such as Bruno Mars, AC/DC and Rihanna in the Billboard’s Top 10. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Win Tickets for Mom to André Rieu," 10 Apr. 2018 Each year his amazing live concerts attract more than 600,000 fans and outsell mega artists such as Bruno Mars, AC?DC and Rihanna in the Billboard's Top 10. Detroit Free Press, "Win Tickets to See André Rieu," 14 Mar. 2018 The outlet adds that Swift beat U2’s 2017 record by more than $467,000 at the Rose Bowl and also broke the band’s box-office record in Denver by outselling their gross ticket sales by $1.2 million. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Taylor Swift's Record-Breaking Reputation Tour Has Already Grossed $54 Million in 7 Shows," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of outsell

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outsell

: to be sold more than (something)

: to sell more than (another person, store, etc.)


out·​sell | \au̇t-ˈsel \
outsold\-​ˈsōld \; outselling

Kids Definition of outsell

: to sell or be sold more than Apples outsold bananas.

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