out·wit | \ˌau̇t-ˈwit \
outwitted; outwitting

Definition of outwit 

transitive verb

1 : to get the better of by superior cleverness : outsmart

2 archaic : to surpass in wisdom

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Examples of outwit in a Sentence

The fox managed to outwit the hunter by hiding in a tree. They thought they had outwitted the new teacher.

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Four rupees mean one Tenali Raman book with its useful stories on how to outwit kings, gurus, and men. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "‘Choose Marriage or Education’," 29 May 2018 Izquierdo then tore through the Arsenal defence, outwitting Mustafi before launching a shot from the edge of the area just wide of Čech's near-post. SI.com, "Brighton Beats Joyless Arsenal to Pile More Pressure on Arsene Wenger," 4 Mar. 2018 Handcuffed to a beautiful but reluctant accomplice, Hannay must outwit a nefarious spy ring to prevent critical secrets from being sent out of the country. F. Kathleen Foley, latimes.com, "The 99-Seat Beat: 'Slaughter City,' '39 Steps' and more," 22 June 2018 Mr Rajoy, a great survivor whose stolid appearance hides sharp political instincts, had been outwitted at last. The Economist, "Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, assembles a reassuring team," 7 June 2018 Pep Guardiola was left clueless as a Jurgen Klopp masterclass outwitted his managerial opponent, and all but guaranteed progression into the next round. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts to Man City's 'Nightmare' Capitulation in Unexpected UCL Thumping From Liverpool," 4 Apr. 2018 Other thieves have outwitted armed guards and alarm systems or cut through an airport fence or to seize their loot. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Biggest Jewelry Heists of All Time," 4 Oct. 2016 Weekend watchmen were outwitted by thieves who drilled through the walls or otherwise broke into the storerooms to extricate prized crates of garlic worth thousands of dollars. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 Bosworth was to play Jack Thornton, the hero who outwits the sultan and wins the heart of the helpless heroine. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of outwit

circa 1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outwit

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


out·wit | \au̇t-ˈwit \
outwitted; outwitting

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