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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Archaic To speak better or more cogently than (another).
  • intransitive v. To speak out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak out or aloud.
  • v. To declare; utter; express; vocalise.
  • v. To surpass in speaking; say or express more than; signify or claim superiority to; be superior to in meaning or significance; speak louder than.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To exceed in speaking.
  • transitive v. To speak openly or boldly.
  • transitive v. To express more than.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To surpass in speaking; say or express more than; signify or claim superiority to; be superior to in meaning or significance.
  • To speak out or aloud.

Etymologies

From out- +‎ speak. Cognate with Dutch uitspreken ("to pronounce, outspeak"), German aussprechen ("to express, pronounce"). (Wiktionary)

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