Definition of outwit
1 : to get the better of by superior cleverness : outsmart
2 archaic : to surpass in wisdom
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.
Recent Examples of outwit from the Web
In the Bering Sea, near the edge the continental shelf, fishermen are trying to escape a predator that seems to outwit them at every turn, stripping their fishing lines and lurking behind their vessels.
The rare ability helps some spiders outwit larger prey.
And for some shoppers, there’s a thrill in outwitting the stores.
Adam was already committing much of his day to gaming, having learned to outwit the prohibitions imposed by his increasingly worried parents.
These women tapped into a long line of mythic female figures—the nymph, the witch, the fairy, the crone—who have used metamorphosis in order to outwit, and outpace, their more solid, and literal, male kin.
Coach Leonardo Jardim’s young, vibrant team may have fallen just short of the final, outwitted by a team probably no more talented but certainly smarter, tougher, more versatile.
In a room heavy with testosterone at Regis University last weekend, the college team that outwitted volunteer hackers at a cybersecurity competition had four women and four men.
Although this monkey was clever enough to outwit the two of us, at the end of the day it’s still just a regular monkey—and a pretty shabby-looking one at that.
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First Known Use of outwit
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Definition of outwit for English Language Learners
: to defeat or trick (someone) by being more intelligent or clever
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