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[out-doo] /ˌaʊtˈdu/
verb (used with object), outdid, outdone, outdoing.
to surpass in execution or performance:
The cook outdid himself last night.
Origin of outdo
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at out-, do1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The King of course could not allow one of his subjects to outdo him in such a matter.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • It is my delight to see these girls develop and outdo their elders.

  • She had to put the screw on herself to outdo him in frugality.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • For an entire week, indeed, the weather had seemed to be trying to outdo itself.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • But that does not prevent me from trying to outdo her attraction for you.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
British Dictionary definitions for outdo


verb -does, -doing, -did, -done
(transitive) to surpass or exceed in performance or execution
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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