Definition of outguess in US English:



[with object]
  • Outwit (someone) by guessing correctly what they intend to do.

    ‘a brilliant military commander outguesses the enemy’
    • ‘By any name, it is a psychological game of outguessing and outbluffing your opponents, and includes a number of interesting mechanics.’
    • ‘Performance-enhancing drugs would increase his bat speed, but they wouldn't account for his superior hand-eye coordination or the sheer baseball intellect he displays in consistently outguessing pitchers.’
    • ‘She discovered a moment too late that the alien had outguessed her again, looping around the other way and leaving her badly out of position.’
    • ‘There is something terminally appealing in trying to outguess the trapped company in a most unpleasant predicament, where suspicions are dropped only as each falls victims to an elaborate and poignant murder plot.’
    • ‘He had outguessed the empath, had regained control of the confrontation.’
    • ‘When I am double-crossed and outwitted by another competent player, I am somewhat peeved, probably dismayed at the appearance of my crumbling position on the board, and if anything mad at myself for not outguessing my opponent.’
    • ‘He must've known this girl's style, because he outguessed her on every point.’
    • ‘But we see people thinking they can outguess the market all the time.’
    • ‘Some batters take a see-ball-hit-ball approach to their job, but many others try to outguess pitchers and anticipate what's coming.’
    • ‘You have to react to the opponent's move, try to outguess his next move, and surprise him with a cunning countering action.’
    • ‘He outguesses hitters, who sit on his curveball on two-strike counts - he is just as apt to throw a two-seamer or high four-seamer as a curve.’
    • ‘But we're keeping it quiet now because we don't want our competition to outguess us.’
    • ‘But she is smart, often outthinking or outguessing everyone, and occasionally aided by a bit of blind chance.’
    • ‘This helps explain why specialists fail to outguess non-specialists.’
    • ‘But a randomized version of the procedure can't be outguessed so easily; the adversary can't know where to hide the target because the program doesn't decide where to search until it begins reading random bits.’
    • ‘Trying to outguess the market doesn't pay off over the long term.’
    • ‘But scientists do not play only at outguessing one another.’
    • ‘Union representatives claim to have outguessed their employers in predicting future consumer wants, but what basis is there for this?’
    • ‘Therefore the game revolves around trying to outguess your opponents as to where they're going.’
    • ‘It outguessed my every manoeuvre on the sandy bottom, and I ended the dive knackered, without one image of its huge iridescent blue pectoral fins splayed like a splendid fan to show for my efforts.’