out·​think | \ ˌau̇t-ˈthiŋk How to pronounce outthink (audio) \
outthought\ ˌau̇t-​ˈthȯt How to pronounce outthink (audio) \; outthinking

Definition of outthink

transitive verb

1 : to outdo or surpass in thinking : to go beyond or transcend by thinking Thus does a candidate who is certainly capable of equalling or outthinking his competitors on the issues find himself fighting a shadow war against himself.— E. J. Dionne, Jr.
2 : to get the better of by thinking more quickly or adroitly than : outwit All trying to buy low, to sell high, now to outthink the other fellow, now to collude with them, to defraud a third party.— David Mamet

Examples of outthink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Warzel offers this advice: Don’t try to outthink the robots. Robin Ryan, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 The Cowboys should remain at No. 10 and don’t attempt to outthink the draft. David Moore, Dallas News, 22 Apr. 2021 Watching the underdog lead, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, outthink her opponents was so uplifting, viewers were tricked into thinking chess is a thrilling spectator sport. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 25 Dec. 2020 Pochettino was bafflingly outthought by Steve Bruce in a game Tottenham were expected to win by three or four goals. SI.com, 7 Sep. 2019 The restaurant has a tendency to outthink itself with all of its interesting thoughts. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, 11 July 2018 Can a legal system designed by humans keep pace with activities produced by an AI capable of outthinking and potentially outmaneuvering them? Henry A. Kissinger, The Atlantic, 15 May 2018 They were simply outthought by the more experienced side. SI.com, 11 May 2018 Those are the tricky guys who can kind of steal an extra hit here and there if a defender outthinks themselves position-wise. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 1 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of outthink

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outthink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outthink. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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