Definition of outcompete in English:


transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Surpass (someone) in competition.

    ‘they were outcompeted by their foreign rivals’
    • ‘It argued that societies should open themselves to imports not just out of necessity, but whenever foreign producers could outcompete domestic ones in terms of price and quality.’
    • ‘Deal with that, and don't bellyache about how that someone else is a bad guy because he's outcompeting you and preventing you from making money (even if you hope to use that money for behavior that benefits the public).’
    • ‘Most good fortune is obtained at the expense of someone else - your restaurant outcompetes the other, you get the promotion while your colleagues don't.’
    • ‘It's one of the areas we're being outcompeted by the European Union, which requires a consumer's permission before those personal records are sent overseas.’
    • ‘We're being outcompeted across the board in terms of technology.’
    1. 1.1Biology Displace (another species) in the competition for space, food, or other resources.
      ‘exotic species are outcompeting the native trees and fish’
      • ‘Non-native, invasive plants often displace native species as they outcompete them for resources, such as space and light.’
      • ‘Trash birds hog the feeders, crowd the trees, and consistently outcompete other species for habitat and resources.’
      • ‘Species intentionally or accidentally carried by humans between continents and to islands have outcompeted existing species.’
      • ‘The concept of the good bacteria outcompeting the bad is known as competitive exclusion and has been around for many years.’
      • ‘If a bacteria came here from Mars a billion years ago, and if it used a large fraction of its energy to produce antiradiation proteins, then within two days it would have been outcompeted by other bacteria who weren't wasting their energy.’



/ˌoutkəmˈpēt/ /ˌaʊtkəmˈpit/