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[out-doo] /ˌaʊtˈdu/
verb (used with object), outdid, outdone, outdoing.
to surpass in execution or performance:
The cook outdid himself last night.
Origin of outdo
1300-50; Middle English; see out-, do1
See excel. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In Borgia's time the Curia outdid itself, and Borgia led the way.

    A Short History of Italy Henry Dwight Sedgwick
  • So they outdid one another in the hope of reinstating themselves.

    The Web of the Golden Spider Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • This serenity of the one who was, after all, chief mourner, made her feel it would be ridiculous if she outdid Lucy in grief.

    Vera Elisabeth von Arnim
  • In the 1601 Mark Twain outdid himself in the Elizabethan field.

  • With characteristic thoroughness Fox outdid the most complete Smart in the elegance of his dress.

    Rowlandson's Oxford A. Hamilton Gibbs
  • But the blue waves were the heavier; in mass alone they outdid the grey.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • I replied to him by declaring my faith in freedom and soon he outdid me in this, as in other domains.

British Dictionary definitions for outdid


verb -does, -doing, -did, -done
(transitive) to surpass or exceed in performance or execution
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