out·​swim | \ ˌau̇t-ˈswim How to pronounce outswim (audio) \
outswam\ ˌau̇t-​ˈswam How to pronounce outswam (audio) \; outswum\ ˌau̇t-​ˈswəm How to pronounce outswum (audio) \; outswimming

Definition of outswim

transitive verb

: to outdo or surpass in swimming : to swim faster, farther, or better than Polar bears use sea ice as a platform from which to hunt seals, which are the bearsʼ main source of food but can outswim them in open water.— Rowena Lindsay

Examples of outswim in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today’s species can outswim the fastest Olympians, change color at will, escape through the tiniest of holes. Colin Dickey, New Republic, "When Squid Ruled the Earth," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of outswim

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Outswim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outswim. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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