out|do [autˈdu:] v past tense outdid [-ˈdıd] past participle outdone [-ˈdʌn] third person singular outdoes [-ˈdʌz]
1.) to be better or more successful than someone else at doing something
When it comes to speed of response, a small firm can outdo a big company.
outdo sb in sth
skaters trying to outdo each other in grace and speed
2.) not to be outdone
in order not to let someone else do better or seem better than you
Not to be outdone, other computer manufacturers are also donating machines to schools.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • outdo — [out΄do͞o′] vt. outdid, outdone, outdoing to exceed or surpass SYN. EXCEL outdo oneself 1. to do something better than one ever did before or thought one could do 2. to make a supreme effort …   English World dictionary

  • outdo — index beat (defeat), outbalance, outweigh, overcome (surmount), surmount, surpass, transcend …   Law dictionary

  • outdo — excel, outstrip, transcend, surpass, *exceed …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • outdo — ► VERB (outdoes, outdoing; past outdid; past part. outdone) ▪ be superior to in action or performance …   English terms dictionary

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  • outdo — out|do [ aut du ] (past tense out|did [ aut dıd ] ; past participle out|done [ aut dʌn ] ) verb transitive to be better than someone else at doing something: The kids were trying to outdo each other. not to be outdone used for saying that someone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • outdo — verb past tense outdid, past participle outdone, 3rd person singular present tense outdoes (T) 1 to be better or more successful than someone else at doing something: The economies of South East Asia are already outdoing Western competitors. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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