out·​vote | \ ˌau̇t-ˈvōt How to pronounce outvote (audio) \
outvoted; outvoting

Definition of outvote

transitive verb

: to cast more votes than … youth voter turnout in presidential elections has fallen below 50 percent, and Baby Boomers now outvote their children's generation …— Derek Thompson : to defeat by a majority of votes two groups combining to outvote the other members of the board

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Tall Boy is put in his place, outvoted by the rest of the Serpents, and with FP's release from prison, everyone seems to be getting along decently well, that is, until Tall Boy makes a deal with the devil (aka Hiram Lodge). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "OK, But Who The Heck is Tall Boy on "Riverdale"?," 24 Jan. 2019 But if those voters are outvoted by people in France or Belgium, there will be much less willingness to accept the outcome because there is no broader solidarity across Europe. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The Great Brexit Breakdown," 7 Dec. 2018 Those weren’t the only races where Democrats outvoted Republicans. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Slow waves, high turnout and no lockouts: Four lessons from this week’s primaries," 7 June 2018 Take the one race where the Democrats outvoted the Republicans in a congressional primary, a seat held by a Republican, West Texas, district 23. Fox News, "What to expect from Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un," 11 Mar. 2018 The stakes are high, and although women traditionally outvote men even in non-presidential years, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy for us. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Women's Equality Day: It Can Still Be Hard for Women to Vote. Here's What You Should Know About Your Rights," 27 Aug. 2018 The one district held by the GOP where Democrats outvoted Republicans is the 49th, where Rep. Darrell Issa is retiring. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Will the ‘Blue Wave’ Break in California?," 6 June 2018 These things do not help, but the uncomfortable truth is that in low-turnout electoral politics, a smaller, cohesive, motivated group can go on outvoting a larger, disparate, apathetic group for a long time. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 If Mary benefits from the park and Raymond is harmed by it, then Mary will outvote Raymond. Eric Posner And Glen Weyl, Vox, "The Supreme Court is an anti-democratic nightmare. Here’s how to fix it.," 29 June 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of outvote

: to defeat (a person or idea) by winning a larger number of votes

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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