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

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Despite Passidomo’s remarks about the bill Wednesday, legislators said the issue is not over because the state House could amend it, and send it to the Senate anyway for a vote, where the Senate president could be outvoted. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun Sentinel, 15 Mar. 2023 In Nevada, one Republican commissioner in Washoe County and another in Nye County refused to certify, though in both cases the other four commissioners outvoted them. Doug Bock Clark, ProPublica, 9 Mar. 2023 But they were outvoted, rendering sentiment less relevant than the sheer practicality of a spring in which clocks are visible at every turn at Fenway South. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Feb. 2023 In northern cities, a sneering establishment worried that the system was dominated by a working-class majority who could always outvote them. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 The transaction, which will value Grab at $40 billion, ensures that Tan will be able to outvote any outside investors. Gregor Stuart Hunter, Fortune, 18 Apr. 2021 The Tyson family, for instance, owns all Class B shares, which gives it a 10 to 1 voting advantage, meaning not even all the Class A holders would be able to outvote the family. Isis Almeida, Bloomberg.com, 20 May 2020 At issue is a pattern in which a simple majority of board members are outvoting the interests of residents. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Jan. 2020 Racine claimed that the committee's event coordinator objected to using the extravagant venue but was outvoted. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, 22 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outvote was in 1647

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“Outvote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outvote. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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