out·​spend | \ ˌau̇t-ˈspend How to pronounce outspend (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Alabama isn’t going to be able to outspend everybody. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 25 May 2022 The vocal public backlash raised questions over Saudi’s human rights record, its ability to outspend nearly any rival, and how much control the Saudi crown might exert over the club. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2022 Blanchard has used that money to outspend Ivey by more than $2 million as of March 31. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 21 Apr. 2022 But to paraphase Thomas Sowell, there is no amount of money that government cannot outspend! Andrés Garcia, Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 The problem is that Moreno interjects himself in major roster decisions and doesn’t provide his front office with the resources to outspend his mistakes. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Billionaire Rick Caruso has put millions of dollars toward television ads and is expected to vastly outspend his competitors in the Los Angeles mayor’s race. Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 The 118-year-old automaker continues to outspend its competitors on ongoing quality issues that must be addressed, Galhotra said. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2022 In that time, the Yankees and the Dodgers have combined to outspend the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals by more than $2 billion. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outspend

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2022

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“Outspend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outspend. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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