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verb (used with object), out·did, out·done, out·do·ing.
  1. to surpass in execution or performance: The cook outdid himself last night.
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Origin of outdo

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at out-, do1


See excel.
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Related Words

transcend, outstrip, outsmart, eclipse, excel, outclass, outmaneuver, outshine, outfox, surpass, outdistance, bulldoze, exceed, lick, beat, top, snow, down, defeat, cook

Examples from the Web for outdid

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Historical Examples

  • But when she formed a woman—it was then first, that she outdid herself, and improved her own design.


    William Godwin

  • So they outdid one another in the hope of reinstating themselves.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • In the 1601 Mark Twain outdid himself in the Elizabethan field.

  • But the blue waves were the heavier; in mass alone they outdid the grey.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • But at that word the woman caught fire, blazed up, and outdid him in rage.

    In Kings' Byways

    Stanley J. Weyman

British Dictionary definitions for outdid


verb -does, -doing, -did or -done
  1. (tr) to surpass or exceed in performance or execution
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