to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart: to outwit a dangerous opponent.
Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.
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How to use outwit in a sentence
The research team is putting a pin in their red-hot research for now, but Garagouni hopes it will serve as a springboard for others on the quest to outwit dolphins.
In civilization, you don’t need to outwit lions and antelopes, or memorize every fruit tree and watering hole within 1,000 square miles.Future Evolution: How Will Humans Change in the Next 10,000 Years? | Nicholas R. Longrich | March 3, 2022 | Singularity Hub
Although some people only litter unintentionally when they are outwitted by wild animals rummaging through their trash at night, millions of others admit to intentionally throwing garbage out of their moving cars.Most roadside litter comes from just down the street | Carla Delgado | February 24, 2022 | Popular-Science
Technologically, that means investing in hypersonic missiles to match those of China or Russia, for instance, or in military artificial intelligence to try outwitting them.The Taliban, not the West, won Afghanistan’s technological war | Christopher Ankersen, Mike Martin | August 23, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The virus continues to evolve, and as it collides with human immunity, it may evolve in ways that allow it to outwit the immune system.Is it now reasonable to discuss the end of the pandemic? Yes, but with caveats. | Joel Achenbach | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
How has Jill Abramson managed to so far outwit her former boss, the New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.?
Will a sage coach like John Calipari be able to outwit a relative newcomer in Kevin Ollie, he of a mere two seasons on the job?Was Aaron Harrison’s Game-Winning Three-Pointer ‘Clutch’? | Robert Silverman | April 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Doris Lessing invented Jane Somers to outwit indifferent publishers.
Here was a woman's revenge, to bait, to charm, to spurn; and then to outwit him!The Secret Witness | George Gibbs
Peachum then intends to outwit me in this Affair; but Ill be even with him.The Beggar's Opera | John Gay
Something must be done, and quickly, Tharn realized, were he to outwit those whose feet were even now pounding on the stairs.Warrior of the Dawn | Howard Carleton Browne
The Princess saw that her only hope was to outwit the fox, and she immediately thought of a plan to gain her end.Edmund Dulacs Fairy-Book | Edmund Dulac
I think they are going to attempt to take us by surprise, but by the aid of the Prophet we will outwit them.
British Dictionary definitions for outwit
to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity
archaic to be of greater intelligence than
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