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[out-klas, -klahs]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to surpass in excellence or quality, especially by a wide margin; be superior: He far outclasses the other runners in the race.
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Origin of outclass

First recorded in 1865–70; out- + class
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Related Words for outclass

beat, outperform, excel, eclipse, outrun, outshine, outmatch, outdo, dominate, outdistance, outpace, outplay, exceed, top, cap, better, outstrip, pass, surmount, tower

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Historical Examples of outclass

  • Is that any reason why they should outclass you in courage and in determination?

    Those Times And These

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • You can outclass me in the ring, but it wouldn't help you much to beat me up, would it?

  • It cannot corrode and will outlast and outclass any similar pencil on the market.

    The Bradys After a Chinese Princess

    Francis Worcester Doughty

  • And these are too subtle for the vernacular guests, and outclass the counterchits altogether.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

  • We farmers sometimes discover a plan accidentally that will outclass anything we can get in an agricultural college.

British Dictionary definitions for outclass


verb (tr)
  1. to surpass in class, quality, etc
  2. to defeat easily
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for outclass


1870, "to beat (a rival) so completely as to put him out of the same class," from out + class (v.).

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