Outwit
Outwit Out*wit", v. t. 1. To surpass in wisdom, esp. in cunning. [1913 Webster]

2. To defeat or gain an advantage over by superior craft or cunning stratagems; as, the thief outwitted his pursuers and left the country undetected. [PJC]

They did so much outwit and outwealth us ! --Gauden. [1913 Webster]


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  • Outwit — Out wit, n. The faculty of acquiring wisdom by observation and experience, or the wisdom so acquired; opposed to {inwit}. [Obs.] Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • outwit — index betray (lead astray), circumvent, defeat, dupe, elude, ensnare, evade (deceive) …   Law dictionary

  • outwit — (v.) to get the better of by superior wits, 1650s, from OUT (Cf. out) + WIT (Cf. wit). Related: Outwitted; outwitting …   Etymology dictionary

  • outwit — *frustrate, thwart, foil, baffle, balk, circumvent Analogous words: defeat, overcome, surmount (see CONQUER): *prevent, preclude, obviate, avert: overreach, *cheat, defraud …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • outwit — has inflected forms outwitted, outwitting …   Modern English usage

  • outwit — / outsmart [v] get the better of; figure out before another baffle, bamboozle*, beat*, bewilder, cap, cheat, circumvent, con*, confuse, deceive, defeat, defraud, dupe, end run*, fake out*, finagle*, fox*, goose*, gull*, have*, hoax, hoodwink,… …   New thesaurus

  • outwit — ► VERB (outwitted, outwitting) ▪ deceive by greater ingenuity …   English terms dictionary

  • outwit — [out΄wit′] vt. outwitted, outwitting 1. to overcome, or get the better of, by cunning or cleverness 2. Archaic to be more intelligent than …   English World dictionary

  • outwit — [[t]a͟ʊtwɪ̱t[/t]] outwits, outwitting, outwitted VERB If you outwit someone, you use your intelligence or a clever trick to defeat them or to gain an advantage over them. [V n] To win the presidency he had first to outwit his rivals within the… …   English dictionary

  • outwit — UK [ˌaʊtˈwɪt] / US [aʊtˈwɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms outwit : present tense I/you/we/they outwit he/she/it outwits present participle outwitting past tense outwitted past participle outwitted to gain an advantage over someone, especially by… …   English dictionary

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