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.
Recent Examples on the Web Apple Watches now outsell the entire Swiss watch industry, according to a Strategy Analytics report. Washington Post, "Apple’s new watch event draws attention to its health-care play," 15 Sep. 2020 Readers lined up to purchase Darwin’s books, and Descent would go on to outsell Origin. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Charles Darwin’s Publisher Didn’t Believe in Evolution, but Sold His Revolutionary Book Anyway," 12 Feb. 2020 That said, all of Tesla’s models outsell the Chevy, but the funky, functional Bolt outsells the remaining assortment of EVs, and with good reason. cleveland, "2020 Chevrolet Bolt boasts greater range and great value (review)," 27 June 2020 Last year in the United States, S.U.V.s outsold sedans two to one, a trend years in the making that experts expect will only grow. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "Rise of S.U.V.s: Leaving Cars in Their Dust, With No Signs of Slowing," 21 May 2020 But then, in 2019, the RAV4 hybrid outsold the Toyota Prius—the Japanese automaker's hybrid halo car—by almost 23,000 units. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Why the 2021 Toyota Sienna and Venza Are Hybrid-Only," 18 May 2020 The book was published in 2012, and every single year of its life has outsold, which is cool because that’s word of mouth traction, not any media blip. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Americans are using their coronavirus downtime to make bread. This Portland baker is showing them how," 8 Apr. 2020 The vegetable now outsells cabbage and garlic, but still lags behind lettuce and onions. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, "‘The New Kale’: Cauliflower Becomes a Bestseller," 4 Mar. 2020 Despite the Big Kid’s success, by 2008 Graco was still outselling Evenflo. Daniela Porat, ProPublica, "Evenflo, Maker of the “Big Kid” Booster Seat, Put Profits Over Child Safety," 6 Feb. 2020

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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 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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