verb (used with object), out·did, out·done, out·do·ing.

to surpass in execution or performance: The cook outdid himself last night.

Origin of outdo

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

Synonyms for outdo

See excel.
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Examples from the Web for outdo

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

(tr) to surpass or exceed in performance or execution
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