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

Examples of outvote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The partisan divide has been stark since Bush vs. Gore in 2000, when five Republican justices outvoted the four Democrats and effectively threw the presidential election to George W. Bush, who lost the popular vote. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, 10 Nov. 2019 This led to Volcker being outvoted on a rate decision in 1986, though his opponents backed down. Christopher Rugaber, Twin Cities, 9 Dec. 2019 The four Reagan appointees initially outvoted Mr. Volcker on the seven-member Board of Governors, demanding the rate cut. Neil Irwin, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of outvote

1647, in the meaning defined above

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“Outvote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outvote. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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