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[out-klas, -klahs] /ˌaʊtˈklæs, -ˈklɑs/
verb (used with object)
to surpass in excellence or quality, especially by a wide margin; be superior:
He far outclasses the other runners in the race.
Origin of outclass
First recorded in 1865-70; out- + class Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I had not even a knife, and had I possessed one I was outnumbered and outclassed.

  • The Tories have been out-generalled, outmanœuvred, and outclassed.

  • These unfortunates do not like hard, manual work; they cannot do it well; they are outclassed in it.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • Before many years, it became apparent that Hussey was outclassed.

    The Romance of the Reaper Herbert Newton Casson
  • Harwell appeared to be outclassed, so far as her rush line was concerned.

    The Half-Back Ralph Henry Barbour
  • She was outclassed in weapons, weight and speed—in all save pilots.

    The Passing of Ku Sui Anthony Gilmore
  • I used to think it was because I was outclassed: I know now it has been because I wouldn't do as other men do.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • It was, in any case, promptly evident to everybody that Aylmer was outclassed.

    By Right of Purchase Harold Bindloss
  • There was one at that time who outclassed them all, and in an evil day they met.

British Dictionary definitions for outclassed


verb (transitive)
to surpass in class, quality, etc
to defeat easily
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outclassed



1870, "to beat (a rival) so completely as to put him out of the same class," from out + class (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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