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 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, "Meat Companies Get Pressure from Investors to Improve Working Conditions," 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, "Brown Deer sees surge of new candidates in village board primary election," 29 Jan. 2020 Racine claimed that the committee's event coordinator objected to using the extravagant venue but was outvoted. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "UPDATED: 'Improperly served to enrich': Inaugural committee hit with lawsuit over spending $1 million at Trump Hotel," 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, "Letters: Another proposition rejected for schools, roads (11/10/19)," 10 Nov. 2019 This led to Volcker being outvoted on a rate decision in 1986, though his opponents backed down. Christopher Rugaber, Twin Cities, "Ex-Fed Chair Paul Volcker dies, tamed inflation with recession," 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, "Paul A. Volcker, Fed chairman who curbed inflation by raising interest rates, dies at 92," 9 Dec. 2019 In early 1986, those new members outvoted Mr. Volcker. New York Times, "Paul A. Volcker, Fed Chairman Who Waged War on Inflation, Is Dead at 92," 9 Dec. 2019 Thankfully, the snarky Brit was outvoted by the rest of the panel and though Kelly was eliminated in the green mile round, her pair of Grammy Awards are likely sweet solace from the memory of Simon’s famous cruelty. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Todrick Hall, Tori Kelly & More Stars You Forgot Were on 'American Idol'," 16 Oct. 2019

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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 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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