outthink

verb out·think \ ˌau̇t-ˈthiŋk \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of outthink

outthought play \ˌau̇t-ˈthȯt\; outthinking
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

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First Known Use of outthink

1704



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