out·​sell | \ ˌau̇t-ˈsel How to pronounce outsell (audio) \
outsold\ ˌau̇t-​ˈsōld How to pronounce outsold (audio) \; 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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As reported by BBC News, her album has already outsold her other 5 albums combined. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ariana Grande Got Hilariously Trolled by Pet Subscription Company BarkBox," 15 Feb. 2019 In November Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling small/midsize luxury sedan in the U.S; and Model S sales (26,700, year to date) outsold Mercedes-Benz S Class, BMW 6- and 7-Series, and Audi A8 combined, according to industry-tracker goodcarbadcar.net. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Think Electric Vehicles Are Great Now? Just Wait...," 26 Dec. 2018 The Switch has been a huge success for Nintendo, already outselling both of its predecessors: the GameCube and the Wii U. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Nintendo is betting on Smash Bros. and Pokémon for huge holiday sales," 14 Nov. 2018 Last year, the Model S outsold the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the U.S. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce outsell (audio) \
outsold\ -​ˈsōld \; outselling

Kids Definition of outsell

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

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