- to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart: to outwit a dangerous opponent.
- Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.
Origin of outwit
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1. outguess, outfox, outmaneuver, outthink, finesse.
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Examples from the Web for outwitting
By Jerome Groopman, New Yorker Researchers get closer to outwitting a killer.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 22-28, 2014
December 28, 2014
What made her smile was the idea of outwitting that spy of a Justin.The Fortune of the Rougons
She was quite capable of outwitting him if she could only get a clue to this.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
He is not nearly so smart as Lightfoot in outwitting hunters.The Burgess Animal Book for Children
Thornton W. Burgess
But there was zest in this outwitting of men who would have defrauded the settlers if they could.Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl
Little dreamt they why he was treating them to the spectacle, or how cleverly he was outwitting them.The Free Lances
- to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity
- archaic to be of greater intelligence than
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Word Origin and History for outwitting
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