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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

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See excel.
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Related Words for outdo

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

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Contemporary Examples of outdo

Historical Examples of outdo

  • The King of course could not allow one of his subjects to outdo him in such a matter.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • It is my delight to see these girls develop and outdo their elders.

  • She had to put the screw on herself to outdo him in frugality.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • For an entire week, indeed, the weather had seemed to be trying to outdo itself.

    The Foot-path Way

    Bradford Torrey

  • But that does not prevent me from trying to outdo her attraction for you.

British Dictionary definitions for outdo


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