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outwit

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/ ˌaʊtˈwɪt /
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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.

RELATED WORDS

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

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outwash plain, outwatch, outwear, outweigh, outwent, outwit, outwith, outwork, outworn, outwrite, outyear

Origin of outwit

First recorded in 1645–55; out- + wit1
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outwit

/ (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 outwitted

outwit


v.

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

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