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.

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Facebook says that politicians have spent nearly $300 million in the U.S. on Facebook ads since May. As of Oct. 30, Democrats were outspending Republicans on Facebook 3 to 1. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Political Reality: Buy Ads on Facebook or Risk Losing the Election," 2 Nov. 2018 The bigger clubs will always be able to outspend us. WSJ, "Watford’s Premier League Survival Strategy: Don’t Let the Coach Get Too Comfortable," 14 Sep. 2018 But the state is solidly Democratic, and Cuomo is expected to far outspend Molinaro, according to the Times. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Cynthia Nixon May Have Lost to Andrew Cuomo in New York's Primary, But the Push Left Lives On," 14 Sep. 2018 Facebook says that politicians have spent nearly $300 million in the U.S. on Facebook ads since May. As of Oct. 30, Democrats were outspending Republicans on Facebook 3 to 1. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One way Twitter’s ad archive improves on Facebook’s," 3 Nov. 2018 Energy-company shareholders are agitating for a shift away from the historical business model focused on growing reserves and production while perennially outspending cash flow. Paul H. Tice, WSJ, "Fossil-Fuel Divestment Is Futile," 29 May 2018 Last week, First Read noted how Republican Rick Scott and allies are outspending Sen. Bill Nelson and the Democrats over TV and radio airwaves by nearly a 50-to-1 margin in ads. Mark Murray, NBC News, "Dem Super PAC tries to help Nelson in Florida," 21 May 2018 Supporters of the proposals are outspending opponents except in Montana, where the Medicaid expansion would be paid for with a tax on cigarettes and related products. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Medicaid-Expansion Fights Pit Hospitals, Labor Against Conservative Groups, Tobacco Companies," 20 Oct. 2018 China currently outspends Taiwan approximately 23 to 1 in defense. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Only Aircraft Carrier Engages in a Little Saber-Rattling," 12 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of outspend

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outspend was in 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of outspend

: to spend more money than (someone or something)

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