Definitions of outdo

  1. be or do something to a greater degree; " her performance surpasses that of any other student I know"; " She outdoes all other athletes"; " This exceeds all my expectations"; " This car outperforms all others in its class"
  2. get the better of; " the goal was to best the competition"
  3. To go beyond in performance; to excel; to surpass.
  4. To surpass; excel; as, he tried to outdo his opponents.
  5. To surpass: excel.
  6. Outdid.
  7. Outdone.
  8. To surpass.
  9. To exceed in performance; surpass.
  10. To excel; to surpass.
  11. To surpass; to perform beyond another.

Usage examples for outdo

  1. Modern science and art combine to outdo the attractions of the baths of Imperial Rome. – Success (Second Edition) by Max Aitken Beaverbrook
  2. And you would have smiled yourself, for very surprise that she should outdo you; and between the two there would have been so much smiling done that one would have fairly thought it was a delightful thing to live last summer in an attic at the east end of South Street. – Stories of Childhood by Various
  3. In 1490, during the last siege of Granada, he determined on a deed which should outdo all feats of heroism and defiance ever performed by Moslem warriors. – Cathedrals of Spain by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
  4. The new- comers were professed agents of the reaction; those who were permitted to retain their offices strove to outdo their colleagues in their renegade zeal for the new order. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  5. But the accusers could hardly outdo the accused. – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein
  6. Do you not know that even a weakling by nature may, by dint of exercise and practice, come to outdo a giant who neglects his body? – The Memorabilia Recollections of Socrates by Xenophon
  7. Lady Betty was perfect and no one could outdo her in anything. – The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan by Lizette M. Edholm
  8. You make these forms of competition seem better by calling them " emulation," but you do not in the least modify the fact that they involve the right of one person to outdo other persons, to supplant them and take away something from them, whether it be property or position or love or fame or power. – The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society by Upton Sinclair
  9. Oh, George Burrell, said she, her face radiant with pleasure, you are certainly trying to outdo yourself. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  10. Hence shall spring a race of tempered Ausonian blood, whom thou shalt see outdo men and gods in duty; nor shall any nation so observe thy worship. – The Aeneid of Virgil by Virgil
  11. I was determined that that major should not outdo me. – A Minstrel In France by Harry Lauder
  12. Others have sought to outdo you and wrest the laurels from your brow, but they did not succeed. – Remarks by Bill Nye
  13. According to your report we outweigh her in metal, and we have proved that we can outdo her in speed, replied Captain Chantor. – Fighting for the Right by Oliver Optic
  14. Good citizens wearing most picturesque uniforms were mustering by their thousands, and were drilling as if war were imminent; but it was only the true military step and swing they were practising, that they might creditably march in procession with banners flying and bands playing, and outdo the rival party in their show of enthusiasm. – Fragments of an Autobiography by Felix Moscheles
  15. The nearest known approach to it is found in the Japanese, who, there is little doubt, if pressed by circumstance, would match the Teuton in resourcefulness and even outdo him in the spirit of self- sacrifice. – England and Germany by Emile Joseph Dillon
  16. Then they are going to fight, and the War of the Color Line will outdo in savage inhumanity any war this world has yet seen. – The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
  17. Fred is a reckless fellow, and he would spend any amount to outdo the 'Gayety, ' and he seemed infatuated with the new scheme for getting talent. – Out of a Labyrinth by Lawrence L. Lynch
  18. The effort to outdo the Augustan writers had exhausted itself; the new school rather aimed at reproducing their manner. – Latin Literature by J. W. Mackail
  19. The Apache scouts were subtle and alert, but the coyotes could far outdo any man. – The Defiant Agents by Andre Alice Norton
  20. Further, Leslie had promised them a dinner at Baretti's that should outdo anything she had given that year. – Marjorie Dean College Freshman by Pauline Lester