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 The alcohol industry raised more than $300,000 to outspend the pro-tax group 10-fold. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Assembly to take another run at alcohol tax," 10 Dec. 2019 Many campaigns’ goal of amassing spending parity against rivals in television and digital advertising became quickly unattainable: Bloomberg can outspend them all without breaking stride. Philip Elliott, Time, "How Michael Bloomberg's Potential White House Run Shakes Up The Field," 9 Nov. 2019 But the president’s re-election campaign is outspending every Democratic candidate on Facebook. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Twitter’s political ad ban won’t stop politicians getting their messages out," 6 Nov. 2019 Rather than racing to outspend their rivals and secure the best players, their strategies have been characterized by the shrewd allocation of capital and steady team-building. Washington Post, "Liverpool and Spurs Wins Are a Victory for Caution," 20 Sep. 2019 Deeper Pockets American tech companies heavily outspend their Chinese counterparts on R&D, due in part to their larger revenues. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "American Tech Firms Are Winning the R&D Spending Race With China," 30 Oct. 2018 Focusing on ESPN+’s short-term growth, ESPN can also outspend many of its competitors given how much of a priority the new venture is. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "What to Expect from HBO's New 'Hard Knocks'-Style '24/7 College Football' Show," 30 Sep. 2019 This allowed Democrats to outspend Republicans in almost every key district. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Democrats’ Tech Cash Machine," 26 June 2019 Juul is outspending all other San Francisco ballot initiative backers combined to try to pass a measure that would preserve its right to keep selling e-cigarettes in the city. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Juul dominates SF ballot measure spending, shelling out $4.3 million to defend vaping," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of outspend

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outspend.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outspend. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of outspend

: to spend more money than (someone or something)

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