out·​sell ˌau̇t-ˈsel How to pronounce outsell (audio)
outsold ˌau̇t-ˈsōld How to pronounce outsell (audio) ; outselling

transitive verb

archaic : to exceed in value
: to exceed in number of items sold
: to surpass in selling or salesmanship

Example Sentences

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 One-upmanship is the lifeblood of Billionaires’ Row, and many of the new towers have aimed to not only outsell and out-glam what came before but to literally rise above the competition, if only by a few feet. Curbed, 16 Sep. 2022 Taycan was the only vehicle to outsell Tesla in its class: besting the Model S sedan by 9,419 units to 9,100. Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2022 Nationwide, electric bikes currently outsell electric cars. Curbed, 17 Nov. 2022 Plus, only the three available versions could outsell the entire iPhone 13 series a week after launch. José Adorno, BGR, 10 Nov. 2022 The aim is to significantly reduce production costs and drastically increase output of this new model, which Musk claims will outsell all other Tesla models combined. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 20 Oct. 2022 But Top Gun: Maverick will make things more complicated, as the Tom Cruise movie will surely outsell Multiverse of Madness this weekend. Chris Smith, BGR, 25 May 2022 About 1 million are expected to be sold in the U.S. this year, and the publication Elektrek said that in Europe, which is further along with its adaptation of the technology, e-bikes could soon outsell cars. John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 In fact, mid-range phones like the Galaxy A53 usually outsell the flagships. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outsell was circa 1616

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“Outsell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsell. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


out·​sell -ˈsel How to pronounce outsell (audio)
outsold -ˈsōld How to pronounce outsell (audio) ; outselling
: to be sold more than
corn outsold beets
: to sell more than
we outsell our competitors

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