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

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 Yet, every minute of the day, a criminal is seeking to outsmart compliance teams and launder the proceeds of crime. Ian Henderson, Forbes, 6 May 2022 On the other side of the issue is professional criminals and marketers, constantly looking for new ways to outsmart email filters and reach their targets. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 On the other side of the issue is professional criminals and marketers, constantly looking for new ways to outsmart email filters and reach their targets. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Robinhood is free and easy to navigate, which is why more than 10 million people use it — including both news junkies looking to outsmart the market and people who want to carefully put a few bucks away in a long-term investment. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 Antimicrobial substances, after all, are abundant in nature, and bacteria and fungi have long found ways to outsmart these compounds. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 On the other side of the issue is professional criminals and marketers, constantly looking for new ways to outsmart email filters and reach their targets. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Instead, the crafty magpies teamed up to outsmart the scientists and helped each other dismantle and remove their trackers. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2022 With eleven seasons, the OG AMC series follows life after the fall of modern civilization and a group of survivors quest to outsmart and defeat zombies. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Outsmart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsmart. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for outsmart

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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