out·​swim | \ ˌau̇t-ˈswim How to pronounce outswim (audio) \
outswam\ ˌau̇t-​ˈswam How to pronounce outswim (audio) \; outswum\ ˌau̇t-​ˈswəm How to pronounce outswim (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 Experts also say to never attempt to outswim a rip current and instead recommend swimming parallel to shore to escape the current. Brittany Trang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 July 2021 Today’s species can outswim the fastest Olympians, change color at will, escape through the tiniest of holes. Colin Dickey, New Republic, 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 18 Oct. 2021.

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