out·​spend | \ˌau̇t-ˈspend \
outspent; outspending; outspends

Definition of outspend 

transitive verb

1 : to exceed the limits of in spending outspends his income

2 : to spend more than outspent the other candidates

Examples of outspend in a Sentence

He has outspent the other candidates in the election by millions of dollars.

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That is down from outspending cash flow by more than $274 million in the previous quarter and more than $735 million in first quarter of 2017. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "Side Effect of Rising Oil Drilling: Indigestion for Gas Frackers," 13 June 2018 Fine mess: Penalties for clubs outspending bonus money are severe, starting with a 75 percent tax for 0-5 percent overage. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Baseball draft: Phillies' picks, TV/streaming info, top projected picks," 27 May 2018 In the winter of 2016-17 alone, teams in the decidedly mediocre Chinese Super League splashed out more than $400 million on international stars like Carlos Tevez and Oscar, outspending even the English Premier League. New York Times, "China Won’t Play in This World Cup. It Still Hopes to Profit.," 30 May 2018 And Wallace, a multimillionaire who had long supported liberal causes, had the backing of many local Democrats and the wherewithal to outspend his opponent. Steve Kurtz, Fox News, "Liberals stomping moderates in primaries: Will it hurt Dems in November?," 25 May 2018 The Soviet Union, meanwhile, was outspending the United States, but help from European allies put NATO defense spending above that of the Soviet Union’s competing alliance, the Warsaw Pact. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Is It Fair for Trump to Bash NATO Over Military Spending?," 12 July 2018 Voters in her district responded by giving her nearly 60% of their vote, despite the mainstream news ignoring her and her opponent outspending her 18 to 1. Josh Hoxie, Fortune, "What Ocasio-Cortez’s Win Says About the Rise of the Left," 27 June 2018 Browning said Farley has outraised Garcia and is prepared to outspend him and win the August primary. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Two polls have bad news for Gov. Doug Ducey's re-election campaign," 27 June 2018 Netflix is still expected to outspend all of its rivals, with a content outlay between $7 billion and $8 billion this year. David Ng, latimes.com, "Amazon Studios partners with Nicole Kidman's production company," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of outspend

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outspend

: to spend more money than (someone or something)

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