- To outwit is to beat someone or defeat them because you are smarter or more clever.
If you beat your opponent at a game of strategy because you are more adept and more clever at the game, this is an example of when you outwit your opponent.
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transitive verb out·wit·ted, out·wit·ting, out·wits
- To surpass in cleverness or cunning; outsmart.
- Archaic To surpass in intelligence.