verb (used with object), outwitted, outwitting.
to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart: to outwit a dangerous opponent.
Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.

1645–55; out- + wit1

1. outguess, outfox, outmaneuver, outthink, finesse.
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outwit (ˌaʊtˈwɪt)
vb , -wits, -witting, -witted
1.  to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity
2.  archaic to be of greater intelligence than

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"to get the better of by superior wits," 1652, from out + wit (q.v.).
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Example sentences
To outwit predators, insects have evolved all sorts of defenses, from spraying
  noxious fluid to playing dead.
To outwit physics, you can buy an expensive restaurant ice maker-or you can use
  this simple process.
And while the judicial proceedings dragged on, disease-causing bacteria
  continued to outwit antibiotics.
Neither gang is aware of his double play, and each thinks it is using him, but
  the stranger will outwit them both.
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