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[out-nuhm-ber] /ˌaʊtˈnʌm bər/
verb (used with object)
to exceed in number.
Origin of outnumber
1660-70; out- + number Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for outnumber
  • For example, in these estuaries, snails that are infected with trematodes outnumber those that are fluke-free.
  • Writer notes that the number of overweight people in the world outnumber the number who are hungry.
  • Livestock outnumber people by roughly twelve to one.
  • It includes trillions of genes that outnumber those of their hosts by hundreds of times.
  • By one estimate, parasites may outnumber free-living species four to one.
  • Within each of our bowels, there are around a hundred trillion microbes, whose cells outnumber our own by ten to one.
  • On top of that, voluntary outfits outnumber governments on the partnership's committee.
  • In rich countries subscriptions outnumber the population.
  • Debtors tend to outnumber creditors, and thus can outvote them.
  • They outnumber other arthropods in the soil organic matter and detritus.
British Dictionary definitions for outnumber


(transitive) to exceed in number
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outnumber

"to number more than," 1660s, from out + number (v.). Related: Outnumbered; outnumbering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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