[ out-klas, -klahs ]
/ ˌaʊtˈklæs, -ˈklɑs /

verb (used with object)

to surpass in excellence or quality, especially by a wide margin; be superior: He far outclasses the other runners in the race.

Origin of outclass

First recorded in 1865–70; out- + class
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/ (ˌaʊtˈklɑːs) /

verb (tr)

to surpass in class, quality, etc
to defeat easily
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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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