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outwit

[out-wit]
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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.
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Origin of outwit

First recorded in 1645–55; out- + wit1

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Related Words for outwitted

deceive, outfox, outmaneuver, cheat, gull, confuse, hoax, have, circumvent, defraud, trick, bewilder, outsmart, top, finagle, bamboozle, beat, baffle, overreach, worst

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Historical Examples of outwitted

  • There had been a conspiracy against him; he was outwitted, robbed, befooled.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Dorcas watched her, annoyed, and yet quite helpless; she was outwitted, and she knew it.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • We trusted the sheriff last night, and he outwitted us; we must not trust him again.

  • And yet he was aware that she had outwitted him and gained his secret.

  • He saw that he was outwitted, that he was helpless, that he was even in personal danger.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for outwitted

outwit

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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Word Origin and History for outwitted

outwit

v.

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

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