Definition of outwit in English:



[with object]
  • Deceive by greater ingenuity.

    ‘Ray had outwitted many an opponent’
    • ‘In recent months, Slavkov has outwitted his opponents.’
    • ‘United have even proved adept at switching the tactics mid-game to outwit opponents this season.’
    • ‘Wal-Mart outwitted its rival by growing slowly since 1962 and first planting itself in many rural areas, where it cost much less to build.’
    • ‘If youths consistently saw criminals outwitting police, they would idolise the criminals, Baksh added.’
    • ‘And those who monitor intercepts can easily be outwitted.’
    • ‘In fact, in order to make sense of Aslan's victory it must be noted that he effectively deceives the witch and so outwits her in his return to life.’
    • ‘Gent can snap back at his opponents but would rather outwit them.’
    • ‘But keep to the model of The Doctor using his mind to outwit his opponents.’
    • ‘Awestruck by its glittering new friends in business, but baffled by the complexities of the scheme it supports, it has been consistently outwitted and outmanoeuvred.’
    • ‘For decades scientists have sought reliable ways to detect deception, only to be outwitted by liars capable of deceiving their instruments.’
    • ‘In race after race Schumacher outwits opponents by overtaking them when they are stationary in the pits.’
    • ‘In that case, the ones who are hurt the most are the least intelligent men, whose true equals have been snatched away by dominance-seeking men who have outwitted them.’
    outsmart, out-think, outmanoeuvre, outplay, be cleverer than, steal a march on, trick, gull, make a fool of, get the better of
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