out·​spend ˌau̇t-ˈspend How to pronounce outspend (audio)
outspent; outspending; outspends

transitive verb

: to exceed the limits of in spending
outspends his income
: to spend more than
outspent the other candidates

Examples of outspend in a Sentence

He has outspent the other candidates in the election by millions of dollars.
Recent Examples on the Web By a factor of 2.5, U.S. semiconductor companies outspend China on R&D. James Rogan, Washington Examiner, 13 Jan. 2024 The new ad reservation comes as Republicans have started to outspend Democrats on the airwaves in recent weeks, thanks in large part to an influx of money from the Senate Leadership Fund, a GOP super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Bridget Bowman, NBC News, 6 Oct. 2022 As Billboard reported in a 2022 study with Luminate, LGBTQ+ audiences regularly outspend their straight-identifying counterparts on music, including merchandise, live shows and especially physical sales. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 12 Nov. 2023 Even though tourism from Asia hasn’t fully rebounded yet, travelers from the Asia-Pacific still spent $1.9 billion in 2023, continuing to outspend tourists from the Americas and Europe, according to Oxford Economics. Samantha Delouya, CNN, 30 Aug. 2023 Any team that outspends their pool by 0 to 5 percent would have to pay a 75% take over the overage. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 25 July 2023 Ad spending is ramping up in the Kentucky governor's race, with two GOP outside groups launching new ad buys as Democrats outspend them on the airwaves. Bridget Bowman, NBC News, 7 July 2023 Former Meta human resources employees say the company’s unusually high salaries for developers building virtual reality products is part of a larger trend in which the company is willing to outspend competitors to lure the best talent for a wide range of jobs. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2023 Queenagers drive 95% of all household purchases and outspend younger women by 250%. Katie Baron, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outspend was in 1586

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“Outspend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outspend. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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