outdo

outdo
[[t]a͟ʊtdu͟ː[/t]]
outdoes, outdoing, outdid, outdone
1) VERB If you outdo someone, you are a lot more successful than they are at a particular activity.

[V n] It was important for me to outdo them, to feel better than they were...

[V n] Both sides have tried to outdo each other to show how tough they can be.

2) PHRASE: PHR with cl You use not to be outdone to introduce an action which someone takes in response to a previous action.

Not to be outdone, the Croats came up with a peacekeeping proposal of their own...

She wore a lovely tiara but the groom, not to be outdone, had on a very smart embroidered waistcoat.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Outdo — Out*do (out*d[=oo] ), v. t. [imp. {Outdid} (out*d[i^]d ); p. p. {Outdone} (out*d[u^]n ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Outdoing}.] To go beyond in performance; to excel; to surpass. [1913 Webster] An imposture outdoes the original. L Estrange. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • outdo — [v] better, overcome beat, best, blow out of water*, bulldoze*, bury*, cook*, cream*, defeat, do in*, down*, eclipse, exceed, excel, fake out*, go one better*, leave behind*, lick*, outclass, outdistance, outfox, outgun, outjockey, outmaneuver,… …   New thesaurus

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

  • outdo — UK [ˌaʊtˈduː] / US [aʊtˈdu] verb [transitive] Word forms outdo : present tense I/you/we/they outdo he/she/it outdoes UK [ˌaʊtˈdʌz] / US present participle outdoing past tense outdid UK [ˌaʊtˈdɪd] / US [aʊtˈdɪd] past participle outdone UK… …   English dictionary

  • outdo — out|do [autˈdu:] v past tense outdid [ ˈdıd] past participle outdone [ ˈdʌn] third person singular outdoes [ ˈdʌz] [T] 1.) to be better or more successful than someone else at doing something ▪ When it comes to speed of response, a small firm can …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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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