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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To surpass in cleverness or cunning; outsmart.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The faculty of observation, or the knowledge gained by observation and experience: opposed to inwit.
  • To surpass in intelligence.
  • To surpass in plots or stratagems; defeat or frustrate by superior ingenuity; prove too clever for.

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

  • transitive verb To surpass in wisdom, esp. in cunning.
  • transitive verb To defeat or gain an advantage over by superior craft or cunning stratagems.
  • noun obsolete The faculty of acquiring wisdom by observation and experience, or the wisdom so acquired; -- opposed to inwit.

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

  • verb transitive To get the better of; to outsmart, to beat in a competition of wits.

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

  • verb beat through cleverness and wit

Etymologies

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From out- +‎ wit.

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