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outwait

[ out-weyt ]
/ ˌaʊtˈweɪt /
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verb (used with object)
to surpass in waiting or expecting; wait longer than.
Archaic. to lie in ambush longer than.
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Origin of outwait

First recorded in 1600–10; out- + wait
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How to use outwait in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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
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