out·​sell | \ ˌau̇t-ˈsel How to pronounce outsell (audio) \
outsold\ ˌau̇t-​ˈsōld How to pronounce outsell (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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the early 2000s, digital cameras would outsell their film counterparts for the first time in history. Lori Grinker, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021 Windows share of the market pie, and now actually outsell MacBooks. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 1 Sep. 2021 In Japan, where adult diapers now outsell ones for babies, municipalities have been consolidated as towns age and shrink. New York Times, 22 May 2021 The Lightning will go on sale next spring, and if even 1 percent of F-150 buyers go electric, this truck could outsell about half the existing EV field. Annie White, Car and Driver, 20 May 2021 The Switch continued to outsell its rivals well into 2020, despite not being a real match for either of the new devices. Chris Smith, BGR, 28 May 2021 The model provided was the Pan America Special (which is expected to outsell the base model about two-to-one). Mark Gardiner, New York Times, 31 May 2021 And yet the crossover riff will almost certainly outsell the Hatch by thousands. Dan Neil, WSJ, 21 May 2021 And the foldable iPhone will probably outsell every other foldable on the market. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of outsell

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outsell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsell. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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