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[out-wit] /ˌaʊtˈwɪt/
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.
Origin of outwit
1645-55; out- + wit1
1. outguess, outfox, outmaneuver, outthink, finesse. Unabridged
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  • I came here, he said slowly, angry because you had played upon my sympathies and outwitted me.

  • There had been a conspiracy against him; he was outwitted, robbed, befooled.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • "Then Old Artful will have outwitted himself after all, for he gave the fellow a task intended to be endless," said Guy.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • And yet he was aware that she had outwitted him and gained his secret.

  • He had outwitted the English so many times that they were sharply on the lookout for him.

    Zigzag Journeys in Europe Hezekiah Butterworth
  • The poison story had been a gag to make him think he had outwitted Domber.

  • And I made up my mind that if at all possible this Ostenburg scheme must be met and outwitted.

    A Dash .. .. .. For a Throne Arthur W. Marchmont
  • He must go to Kasia Vard and confess that he had been outwitted.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • She outwitted her native Minister, who was supported by the British.

  • Chief priests, scribes, and elders of the people were outwitted and humiliated.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for outwitted


verb (transitive) -wits, -witting, -witted
to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity
(archaic) to be of greater intelligence than
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Word Origin and History for outwitted



"to get the better of by superior wits," 1650s, from out + wit. Related: Outwitted; outwitting.

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