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[out-nuhm-ber] /ˌaʊtˈnʌm bər/
verb (used with object)
to exceed in number.
Origin of outnumber
First recorded in 1660-70; out- + number Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The British outnumber us considerably, I think, but just how much I do not know.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • They fight only at an advantage,—when they outnumber the whites.

    Three Years on the Plains Edmund B. Tuttle
  • And the views of Paris outnumber the others, and almost outvalue them also.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • Mr. Parker says that the lingams in Benares "outnumber the inhabitants."

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Within a century, we will outnumber them—we will be the Normals, not they.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
British Dictionary definitions for outnumber


(transitive) to exceed in number
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outnumber

"to number more than," 1660s, from out + number (v.). Related: Outnumbered; outnumbering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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