outwit

verb out·wit \ ˌau̇t-ˈwit \
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018

Definition of outwit

outwitted; outwitting
1 : to get the better of by superior cleverness : outsmart
2 archaic : to surpass in wisdom

Examples of outwit in a Sentence

  1. The fox managed to outwit the hunter by hiding in a tree.

  2. They thought they had outwitted the new teacher.

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First Known Use of outwit

circa 1630

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OUTWIT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of outwit for English Language Learners

  • : to defeat or trick (someone) by being more intelligent or clever


OUTWIT Defined for Kids

outwit

verb out·wit \ au̇t-ˈwit \

Definition of outwit for Students

outwitted; outwitting


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