To outdo someone is to do something better than them. When you outdo someone, you accomplish something that is very difficult or impressive.

  • He outdid his sister by winning the race.

  • She outdid her classmates by winning the spelling bee.

Definition of outdo


be or do something to a greater degree


exceed, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass


get the better of


best, outflank, scoop, trump

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Example Sentences for outdo

  • 1

    It seemed to outdo the last.

  • 2

    She is anxious to outdo her rival.

  • 3

    They outdo the others on all the factors involved.

  • 4

    As the teams try to outdo the other, complications arise.

  • 5

    Nothing can outdo alternation in its effect.

  • 6

    Most believe that the attraction does not outdo the previous ride.

  • 7

    I was playing the lead and endeavouring to outdo Ingrid Bergman.

  • 8

    She had the wit to outdo Holmes, and he admired her for it.

  • 9

    The managers are trying to outdo each other in terms of saving money.

  • 10

    The two groups go to war and try to outdo each other in doing good.