outwit


outwit

verb (used with object), out·wit·ted, out·wit·ting.

  1. to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart: to outwit a dangerous opponent.
  2. Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.

verb -wits, -witting or -witted (tr)

  1. to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity
  2. archaic to be of greater intelligence than

v.“to get the better of by superior wits,” 1650s, from out + wit. Related: Outwitted; outwitting.

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