To outsmart someone is to beat them at their own game. You can outsmart someone by using their own rules against them, or by using your own skills to advantage.

  • The CEO outsmarted the competition by creating a new product that was better.

  • He outsmarted her by getting out of the car before she could catch up to him.

Definition of outsmart


defeat by more skillful maneuvering


outmaneuver, outmanoeuvre


beat through cleverness and wit


beat, circumvent, outfox, outwit, overreach

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Example Sentences for outsmart

  • 1

    I always try to outsmart troublemakers.

  • 2

    Before long the pupil is outsmarting the teacher.

  • 3

    They find it's very difficult to outsmart the trucks.

  • 4

    Don't think you can outsmart devil.

  • 5

    Don't think you can outsmart us.

  • 6

    I will never outsmart you two on a computer.

  • 7

    Cheers to dubya's faction for outsmarting Reagan's faction.

  • 8

    He is one of the few people to ever outsmart Yujiro.

  • 9

    She is as competitive as ever with Lila and loves to outsmart her.

  • 10

    Outsmart the opponent by probing for openings, soft spots, and weakness.