transitive verb Date: 1924 to get the better of; especially outwit

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • outsmart — ☆ outsmart [out΄smärt′ ] vt. to overcome by cunning or cleverness; outwit outsmart oneself to have one s efforts at cunning or cleverness result in one s own disadvantage …   English World dictionary

  • outsmart — index dupe, overreach Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • outsmart — (v.) to prove too clever for, 1926, from OUT (Cf. out) + SMART (Cf. smart). Related: Outsmarted; outsmarting …   Etymology dictionary

  • outsmart — ► VERB ▪ defeat with superior intelligence …   English terms dictionary

  • outsmart — [[t]a͟ʊtsmɑ͟ː(r)t[/t]] outsmarts, outsmarting, outsmarted VERB If you outsmart someone, you defeat them or gain an advantage over them in a clever and sometimes dishonest way. [V n] Troy was very clever for his age and had already figured out… …   English dictionary

  • outsmart — UK [ˌaʊtˈsmɑː(r)t] / US [aʊtˈsmɑrt] verb [transitive] Word forms outsmart : present tense I/you/we/they outsmart he/she/it outsmarts present participle outsmarting past tense outsmarted past participle outsmarted to gain an advantage over someone …   English dictionary

  • outsmart — /owt smahrt /, v.t. 1. to get the better of (someone); outwit. 2. outsmart oneself, to defeat oneself unintentionally by overly elaborate intrigue, scheming, or the like: This time he may have outsmarted himself. [1925 30; OUT + SMART (adj.)] * * …   Universalium

  • outsmart — out|smart [autˈsma:t US ˈsma:rt] v [T] to gain an advantage over someone using tricks or your intelligence = ↑outwit ▪ The older kids outsmart the young ones when trading cards …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • outsmart — verb (T) to gain an advantage over someone using tricks or clever plans; outwit: The lizard can outsmart any predators by leaving its tail behind to confuse them …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • outsmart — verb buyers and sellers attempt to outsmart each other Syn: outwit, outmaneuver, outplay, steal a march on, trick, get the better of; informal outfox, pull a fast one on, put one over on …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • outsmart — out•smart [[t]ˌaʊtˈsmɑrt[/t]] v. t. to get the better of (someone); outwit • outsmart oneself Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

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