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

Huawei is the world's second-largest maker of smartphones, behind only Samsung and routinely outselling Apple. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Huawei claims U.S. threatened employees and attacked its network," 3 Sep. 2019 Life insurance or annuities with long-term care benefits now outsell traditional long-term care insurance by a rate of about 4-to-1. Nerdwallet, oregonlive.com, "Will long-term care costs drain your bank account in retirement?," 15 June 2019 Although 6,816 registrations is still well behind market leaders, Tesla outsold brands including Jaguar and Alfa Romeo. Los Angeles Times, "In Germany, Tesla buyers complain about service and quality," 16 Aug. 2019 In fact, the PS4 is also still outselling the Nintendo Switch on an annual basis despite being many years older. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Putting the PS4’s 100 million sales in context," 30 July 2019 The population is aging; adult diapers outsell baby diapers. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "Grannies in running shoes are delivering ramen for Uber in Japan," 5 July 2019 Yet in a recent four-week period, Craft Brew News reported, Truly outsold Boston Beer’s entire beer portfolio. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "What’s the best hard seltzer? The worst? Is it a fad? We have answers.," 2 July 2019 The Model 3 outsold most of its competitors in the US—the Mercedes C-Class, the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4—and generated more revenue than any car in the US, out-earning even high-volume cars like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting ran on pure, high-octane optimism," 12 June 2019 Huawei trails only Samsung in the smartphone market and outsold Apple Inc. in the first quarter, when its shipments rose 50%, according to International Data Corp. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Huawei Postpones Launch of Mate X Foldable Phone," 14 June 2019

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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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