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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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  • But they were outnumbered in the combat which ensued and laid down their arms.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 1 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • The white men were outnumbered, but the Indians did not know this.

    Daniel Boone Katharine E. Wilkie
  • McClellan replied that his forces were insufficient; that he was outnumbered by the enemy.

    Abraham Lincoln William Eleroy Curtis
  • Our little party was divided, and we were outnumbered ten to one.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • This enabled the Pope to keep up a constant majority of Italian Bishops, who outnumbered those of all other nations put together.

British Dictionary definitions for outnumbered


(transitive) to exceed in number
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Word Origin and History for outnumbered



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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