out|do [ aut`du ] (past tense out|did [ aut`dıd ] ; past participle out|done [ aut`dʌn ] ) verb transitive
to be better than someone else at doing something:
The kids were trying to outdo each other.
not to be outdone
used for saying that someone is trying to prove that they can do something as well as or better than someone else:
John offered me a drink and, not to be outdone, Jake found me a chair.
outdo yourself
to make a great effort with the result that you do something much better than you usually do it:
He's a great cook anyway and he really outdid himself, preparing us a five-course Asian meal.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • Outdo — Out*do (out*d[=oo] ), v. t. [imp. {Outdid} (out*d[i^]d ); p. p. {Outdone} (out*d[u^]n ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Outdoing}.] To go beyond in performance; to excel; to surpass. [1913 Webster] An imposture outdoes the original. L Estrange. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • outdo — [out΄do͞o′] vt. outdid, outdone, outdoing to exceed or surpass SYN. EXCEL outdo oneself 1. to do something better than one ever did before or thought one could do 2. to make a supreme effort …   English World dictionary

  • outdo — index beat (defeat), outbalance, outweigh, overcome (surmount), surmount, surpass, transcend …   Law dictionary

  • outdo — excel, outstrip, transcend, surpass, *exceed …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • outdo — [v] better, overcome beat, best, blow out of water*, bulldoze*, bury*, cook*, cream*, defeat, do in*, down*, eclipse, exceed, excel, fake out*, go one better*, leave behind*, lick*, outclass, outdistance, outfox, outgun, outjockey, outmaneuver,… …   New thesaurus

  • outdo — ► VERB (outdoes, outdoing; past outdid; past part. outdone) ▪ be superior to in action or performance …   English terms dictionary

  • outdo — UK [ˌaʊtˈduː] / US [aʊtˈdu] verb [transitive] Word forms outdo : present tense I/you/we/they outdo he/she/it outdoes UK [ˌaʊtˈdʌz] / US present participle outdoing past tense outdid UK [ˌaʊtˈdɪd] / US [aʊtˈdɪd] past participle outdone UK… …   English dictionary

  • outdo — out|do [autˈdu:] v past tense outdid [ ˈdıd] past participle outdone [ ˈdʌn] third person singular outdoes [ ˈdʌz] [T] 1.) to be better or more successful than someone else at doing something ▪ When it comes to speed of response, a small firm can …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • outdo — [[t]a͟ʊtdu͟ː[/t]] outdoes, outdoing, outdid, outdone 1) VERB If you outdo someone, you are a lot more successful than they are at a particular activity. [V n] It was important for me to outdo them, to feel better than they were... [V n] Both… …   English dictionary

  • outdo — verb past tense outdid, past participle outdone, 3rd person singular present tense outdoes (T) 1 to be better or more successful than someone else at doing something: The economies of South East Asia are already outdoing Western competitors. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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