Definition of outdo in English:

outdo

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Be superior to in action or performance.

    ‘the men tried to outdo each other in their generosity’
    ‘not to be outdone, Vicky and Laura reached the same standard’
    • ‘She said the group had outdone themselves in their efforts to organise and collect gifts for this year's appeal.’
    • ‘Not to be outdone the students of the National University of Ireland, Galway will have their say next week.’
    • ‘But even he was outdone midway through the half when the home side passed up an outstanding chance.’
    • ‘Neighbouring towns Newport and Mulranny are not to be outdone as there are also cranes in operation in both towns.’
    • ‘No one was going to be outdone in how they were going to do this, and it's just the nature of the market.’
    • ‘Not to be outdone, she's heading to Florida for a week at the end of the month before it gets too hot.’
    • ‘But even they were outdone by the ice cream men, who produced the noisiest lobby I have ever heard.’
    • ‘Not to be outdone, the girls followed this act with one of their own.’
    • ‘Not to be outdone there is a growing number of women anglers taking up the sport which shows that angling is by no means a male preserve.’
    • ‘If you look at kids in elementary schools playing sports, the girls excel, often outdoing the boys.’
    • ‘A peak performer tries to outdo his last great performance every time he takes the field.’
    • ‘Not to be outdone, Adams takes over drumming duties, grinning like a loon.’
    • ‘The scene was only outdone by the crowd's reaction at the final whistle.’
    • ‘This week, however, it has truly outdone itself, with desirable vehicles to make the fattest of fat cats drool.’
    • ‘She's outdone her moonish friend, though the friend, the one with the eyes, will attract a better clutch.’
    • ‘Not to be outdone by the girls, the men's senior sculler won two events.’
    • ‘Not one to be outdone, my mother in the adjacent room has met the sonic challenge with her power-tool drone.’
    • ‘Not to be outdone, it has launched its own top performance range.’
    • ‘Sprinkled with star performances and exotic themes, celebrity weddings are outdoing each other on extravagance.’
    • ‘It doesn't help that the big name cast try to outdo each other with their low-key performances.’
    surpass, outshine, do better than
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Pronunciation

outdo

/aʊtˈduː/