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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 surpass; excel; as, he tried to outdo his opponents.
  4. To surpass: excel.
  5. Outdid.
  6. Outdone.
  7. To surpass.
  8. To exceed in performance; surpass.
  9. To excel; to surpass.
  10. To surpass; to perform beyond another.

Usage examples for outdo

  1. 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
  2. The Apache scouts were subtle and alert, but the coyotes could far outdo any man. – The Defiant Agents by Andre Alice Norton
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Others have sought to outdo you and wrest the laurels from your brow, but they did not succeed. – Remarks by Bill Nye
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  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. 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
  12. 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
  13. But the accusers could hardly outdo the accused. – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein
  14. 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
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