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verb (used with object),out·wit·ted, out·wit·ting.
  1. to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart: to outwit a dangerous opponent.

  2. Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.

Origin of outwit

First recorded in 1645–55; out- + wit1

Other words for outwit

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How to use outwit in a sentence

  • By dint of imposture, he outwits them; yet, in consequence of his miracles and illusions, he at length discovers himself.

    Letters To Eugenia | Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
  • Nothing it can do to us, nothing that can happen to it, outwits us—at least more than a few hundred years at a time.

    The Voice of the Machines | Gerald Stanley Lee
  • The expedient by which Ulysses outwits Polyphemus in the Odyssey by calling himself ουτις is clearly of the same order.

  • Proverbially such acts belong to a policy that outwits itself.

    Sir William Wallace | A. F. Murison
  • The examples in which the husband, on the other hand, outwits the wife are few.

British Dictionary definitions for outwit


/ (ˌaʊtˈwɪt) /

verb-wits, -witting or -witted (tr)
  1. to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity

  2. archaic to be of greater intelligence than

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