verb (used with object)

to surpass in waiting or expecting; wait longer than.
Archaic. to lie in ambush longer than.

Origin of outwait

First recorded in 1600–10; out- + wait
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Examples from the Web for outwait

Historical Examples of outwait

  • Then they sat down by the electric heater to outwait the rain.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • You can't drag your prey out, and you can't pursue it, but you can outwait it.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays

    Sir James M. Barrie

  • Human eyes are none the strongest, neither is human patience, yet I have rarely seen a creature that could outwait a man.

    Roof and Meadow

    Dallas Lore Sharp