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[out-per-fawrm] /ˌaʊt pərˈfɔrm/
verb (used with object)
to surpass in excellence of performance; do better than:
a new engine that outperforms the competition; a stock that outperformed all others.
Origin of outperform
1955-60; out- + perform Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for outperform
  • Cancer will be cured, and artificial limbs will outperform natural ones.
  • Discarded veteran players sometimes outperform highly paid all-stars.
  • Those that have lagged, conversely, may be underpriced and likely to outperform in the coming future.
  • Its conclusion: traditional genetic crosses outperform genetically modified crops by a wide margin.
  • They outperform boys on tests for artistic and musical ability.
  • At best, it could slightly outperform inflation, though it might not.
  • If these trends continue, within a few years earthbound observatories will outperform today's space telescopes.
  • They had to outsmart and outperform fish, which are more agile and explosive and maneuverable.
  • And its best players can outperform software designed to do the same job.
  • All three treatments in which targeted interactions are possible outperform the control after an initial period of adjustment.
British Dictionary definitions for outperform


verb (transitive)
to perform better than (someone or something)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outperform

1960, from out (adv.) + perform. Related: Outperformed; outperforming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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