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outwit

[out-wit] /ˌaʊtˈwɪt/
verb (used with object), outwitted, outwitting.
1.
to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart:
to outwit a dangerous opponent.
2.
Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; out- + wit1
Synonyms
1. outguess, outfox, outmaneuver, outthink, finesse.
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British Dictionary definitions for outwitting

outwit

/ˌaʊtˈwɪt/
verb (transitive) -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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Word Origin and History for outwitting

outwit

v.

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

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