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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. 2017.
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  • "Ah, reason and calculation are often outdone by accident," returned the scout.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Not to be outdone, the stayers in Cairo had had the "time of their lives."

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • This was too much for the warriors, who had been outdone by a girl.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • The little citizen, not to be outdone, declared her to be a celestial witness.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Eleanore always dressed so well, but to-night she had outdone herself.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
British Dictionary definitions for outdone


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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