Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To do more or better than in performance or action. See Synonyms at excel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To excel; go beyond in performance; surpass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To go beyond in performance; to excel; to surpass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To excel; surpass; perform beyond.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get the better of
  • v. be or do something to a greater degree

Etymologies

out- +‎ do (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Meanwhile, the company has seen its DVD sales of other titles outdo those of rivals because of its younger-skewing audience.

    DreamWorks Net Falls 6.2%

  • Nir Rosen, a fellow at the New York University Center for Law and Security, has appropriately quit after his callous Twitter comments, including a statement, "i'm rolling my eyes at all the attention she will get," and another one stating that she was trying to "outdo" CNN's Anderson Cooper, who was beaten up on the streets of Cairo.

    Asra Q. Nomani: Lara Logan: 'A Kick in the Gut'

  • Isn't it ridiculous to think that you can 'outdo' the original source?

    Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland to Be More Engaging/Psychological | /Film

  • Its an old past time to sit around and try to "outdo" each other's basic stories.

    A Soldier's Story: 24 hours in the Army

  • Today he was worried that today's younger generation won't "outdo" their forebearers in terms of quality of life.

    The Chimes at Midnight

  • Perhaps she can't afford to buy such things and feels a bit inadequate, but is unable to see that these gifts are to make a little boy happy, not to 'outdo' her in any way.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • Researchers also looked for evidence of couples criticizing each other's parenting or trying to "outdo" each other in their efforts to work with the child.

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • The Charlton purchase may have been motivated by a desire not to be seen to "outdo" Abu Dhabi United Group by taking over England's most decorated club.

    Sport news, comment and results | guardian.co.uk

  • firstly I hope you are not offended by the length of this comment, I am not trying to 'outdo' you. secondly I am glad things sort of worked out for you and thirdly here is something that happened to me during this most recent largest propaganda campaign in human history

    Rich Christmas

  • "outdo" the two older boys and fulfill some urgent desire to fit in and be accepted because according to classmates at Patrick Henry HS he has no other friends, has rattled off several tasteless, nonsensical and completely unfunny scents that are unnaturally focused on bodily functions, like "Lon Chaney's boogers", "sour butt", "bloody urine" and most regretfully,

    RVABlogs

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