from The Century Dictionary.

  • To outbid; outdo; surpass in rivalry or emulation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To exceed in vying.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To outdo a competitor or rival

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be more of a rival than


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  • By charms that glorify the place and every charm outvie.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • When shows that slender form that doth the willow-branch outvie.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Thou must beg from those who have the giving of it; thou who covetest to outvie others in honour must lower thyself to the humble posture of petition.

    Consolation of Philosophy

  • This generation ought surely to be the last to laugh at such a story, at least as long as the Amazonian guards of the King of Dahomey continue to outvie the men in that relentless ferocity, with which they have subdued every neighboring tribe, save the Christians of Abbeokuta.

    Westward Ho!

  • Mr. Caton is violently carried off, locked up in a horrible stinking room, prevented from seeing his friends; after a day or two he is forced on board a tender, where Mr. Tripp, a midshipman, behaves with humanity, but the Captain and Lieutenant outvie each other in brutality; Captain Hamilton behaving as an ‘enraged partisan.’

    Castle Rackrent

  • In their great pride and self-will, they always sought to press in the advance and take the post of danger, trying to outvie our Spanish chivalry.

    Washington Irving

  • Tholouse, whom Montoni had mentioned with more eclat to his own vanity than credit to their discretion, or regard to truth, she determined to give concerts, though she had neither ear nor taste for music; conversazioni, though she had no talents for conversation; and to outvie, if possible, in the gaieties of her parties and the magnificence of her liveries, all the noblesse of

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • Hence we were driven to the huge palace of Necessidades, which is but a wing of a building that no King of Portugal ought ever to be rich enough to complete, and which, if perfect, might outvie the

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • As then grew the works up, no less stately in size than exquisite in form, the workmen striving to outvie the material and the design with the beauty of their workmanship, yet the most wonderful thing of all was the rapidity of their execution.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • And, indeed, they showed the greatest emulation to outvie each other; especially Nicocreon, king of Salamis, and

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans


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  • It was a very warm day in June and the farcical air-conditioning system failed to outvie the whiffs of sweat and the sprayings of Krasnaya Moskva, an insidious perfume which imbued even the hard candy (named Ledenets vzlyotnyy, "take-off caramel," on the wrapper) generously distributed to us before the start of the flight.

    --Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins! p. 206

    June 13, 2009