out·​spent | \ ˌau̇t-ˈspent How to pronounce outspent (audio) \

Definition of outspent

: completely worn out : exhausted spurred him, like an outspent horse, to death— P. B. Shelley

Examples of outspent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2016 Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign significantly outspent Donald Trump’s campaign, and the effectiveness of the Trump campaign has been attributed to its ability to target specific groups of Clinton voters with negative ads. Anjana Susarla, The Conversation, "TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity," 30 June 2020 Democratic campaigns and outside groups backing Senate Democrats have vastly outspent the Republicans to date, using ads to blast GOP incumbents facing challenging re-elections this year. Fox News, "Republicans returning fire in 2020 battle for Senate," 6 June 2020 Dickey said collecting signatures to send a council decision to a vote is not an easy task, and that Hall's campaign outspent opponents. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Fountain Hills voters reject controversial apartments in Tuesday's election," 20 May 2020 The former vice president was outspent by his Democratic opponents in the fourth quarter of 2019. Bill Allison, Bloomberg.com, "Iowa Laggards Biden, Warren Shift Ad Spending to Stay in Race," 8 May 2020 Biden won the 2020 primary despite being badly outspent. Shane Goldmacher, BostonGlobe.com, "Joe Biden starts general election nearly $187 million behind Trump," 21 Apr. 2020 Patterson, who’s raised more than $350,000 for his re-election, outspent Trombley during the latest period, $109,000 to $73,000. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Millions being spent in remaining Texas House GOP primary battles between tea partiers and moderates," 25 Feb. 2020 Momentum that money can't buy Biden had been outspent and out-organized. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "How Joe Biden roared back on Super Tuesday and what it means for the next contests with Bernie Sanders," 4 Mar. 2020 Despite the nearly $9 million in combined spending, the Biden campaign and super PAC have still been outspent on the Iowa airwaves by Mr. Sanders, Mr. Buttigieg and the billionaire financier Tom Steyer. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "How Iowa Could Decide Joe Biden’s Fund-Raising Future," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of outspent

1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Outspent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outspent. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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