Definition of outcompete in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Surpass (someone) in competition.

    ‘they were outcompeted by their foreign rivals’
    • ‘It argued that societies should open themselves to imports not just out of necessity, but whenever foreign producers could outcompete domestic ones in terms of price and quality.’
    • ‘Most good fortune is obtained at the expense of someone else - your restaurant outcompetes the other, you get the promotion while your colleagues don't.’
    • ‘Deal with that, and don't bellyache about how that someone else is a bad guy because he's outcompeting you and preventing you from making money (even if you hope to use that money for behavior that benefits the public).’
    • ‘It's one of the areas we're being outcompeted by the European Union, which requires a consumer's permission before those personal records are sent overseas.’
    • ‘We're being outcompeted across the board in terms of technology.’
    1. 1.1Biology Displace (another species) in the competition for space, food, or other resources.
      • ‘If a bacteria came here from Mars a billion years ago, and if it used a large fraction of its energy to produce antiradiation proteins, then within two days it would have been outcompeted by other bacteria who weren't wasting their energy.’
      • ‘The concept of the good bacteria outcompeting the bad is known as competitive exclusion and has been around for many years.’
      • ‘Species intentionally or accidentally carried by humans between continents and to islands have outcompeted existing species.’
      • ‘Non-native, invasive plants often displace native species as they outcompete them for resources, such as space and light.’
      • ‘Trash birds hog the feeders, crowd the trees, and consistently outcompete other species for habitat and resources.’