outwait

verb

out·​wait ˌau̇t-ˈwāt How to pronounce outwait (audio)
outwaited; outwaiting; outwaits

transitive verb

: to wait longer than
But she is patient, persistent and willing to outwait and sometimes outwit the "gray men in suits" in her government and palaces.Maureen Ryan

Examples of outwait in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While attempting to outwait her, a handsome landscaper becomes close to her. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 The attackers could try to outwait the defenders and force them to surrender by starving them out. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, 11 Apr. 2019 So moving forward, if guys want to outwait me on the ice, that’s fine. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, 9 Jan. 2018 The attackers could try to outwait the defenders and force them to surrender by starving them out. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outwait was in 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Outwait.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outwait. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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