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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.

Origin of outdo

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

Synonyms for outdo

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See excel.
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Related Words for outdone

beaten, defeated, bettered

Examples from the Web for outdone

Contemporary Examples of outdone

Historical Examples of outdone

  • "Ah, reason and calculation are often outdone by accident," returned the scout.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Not to be outdone, the stayers in Cairo had had the "time of their lives."

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • This was too much for the warriors, who had been outdone by a girl.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

  • The little citizen, not to be outdone, declared her to be a celestial witness.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Eleanore always dressed so well, but to-night she had outdone herself.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for outdone


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