outsmart

verb
out·​smart | \ ˌau̇t-ˈsmärt How to pronounce outsmart (audio) \
outsmarted; outsmarting; outsmarts

Definition of outsmart

transitive verb

: to get the better of especially : outwit

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Examples of outsmart in a Sentence

The government must gather large amounts of information in order to outsmart its enemies. an inexpensive security system that would likely be outsmarted by anyone with a serious interest in circumventing it
Recent Examples on the Web The show will see 30 players attempt to outsmart each other in a game of secrets for their share of $1 million. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "MTV The Challenge: Double Agents Episode 4 | How to watch, time, stream, channel, cast," 30 Dec. 2020 Learning to outsmart their new North American predators may have taken several decades. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, "Tsunami May Have Seeded a Fungal Outbreak in Pacific Northwest," 23 Dec. 2020 For the last decade Detroit automakers have tried to outsmart Elon Musk’s EV pioneer. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ford Mustang Mach-E goes toe-to-hoof with Tesla Model Y," 26 Dec. 2020 The show will see 30 players attempt to outsmart each other in a game of secrets for their share of $1 million. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "MTV The Challenge: Double Agents Episode 3 | How to watch, time, stream, channel, cast," 23 Dec. 2020 The show will see 30 players attempt to outsmart each other in a game of secrets for their share of $1 million. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "MTV The Challenge: Double Agents Episode 1 | How to watch, time, stream, channel, cast," 9 Dec. 2020 Will Hershel of Ostropool outsmart the goblins who haunt the old synagogue so that villagers can celebrate Hanukkah? Doug George, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago holiday entertainment for 2020: Our list of 38 shows, live events and music. Let it stream!," 25 Nov. 2020 The mayor at the time was David Vann, a white progressive who had helped outsmart Bull Connor in the ’60s, pushing a new form of government that stripped Connor of power. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Decades before Black Lives Matter, Bonita Carter changed Alabama forever," 16 Nov. 2020 Potbellies tend to be demanding and can often outsmart even the smartest of owners. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "They're smart, clean and snuggly: Try a potbellied pig as your next pet," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of outsmart

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outsmart was in 1924

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7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Outsmart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsmart. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for outsmart

outsmart

verb
How to pronounce outsmart (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of outsmart

: to defeat or trick (someone) by being more intelligent or clever

outsmart

verb
out·​smart | \ au̇t-ˈsmärt How to pronounce outsmart (audio) \
outsmarted; outsmarting

Kids Definition of outsmart

: to beat or trick by being more clever than He outsmarted his enemies.

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