[ out-wit ]
/ ˌaʊtˈwɪt /

verb (used with object), out·wit·ted, out·wit·ting.

to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart: to outwit a dangerous opponent.
Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.

Origin of outwit

First recorded in 1645–55; out- + wit1
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/ (ˌaʊtˈwɪt) /

verb -wits, -witting or -witted (tr)

to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity
archaic to be of greater intelligence than
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Word Origin and History for outwit



"to get the better of by superior wits," 1650s, from out + wit. Related: Outwitted; outwitting.

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