outperform

outperform
In general, this means to do better than some particular benchmark. Mutual Fund XYZ is said to outperform the S&P500 if its return exceeds the S&P500 return. However, this language does not take risk into account. That is, one might have a higher return than the benchmark in a particular year because of higher risk exposure. Outperform is also a term used by analysts to describe the prospects of a particular company. Usually, this means that the company will do better than its industry average. Related: underperform. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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outperform out‧per‧form [ˌaʊtpəˈfɔːm ǁ -pərˈfɔːrm] verb [transitive]
to do better or be more successful than someone or something else:

• Stocks generally outperform other investments.

• Clinical trials have shown that it outperforms existing drugs.

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outperform UK US /ˌaʊtpəˈfɔːm/ verb
[I or T] STOCK MARKET, FINANCE if shares, bonds, etc. outperform, or if they outperform a particular stock market or financial market, they produce more money for investors than other shares, bonds, etc. of a similar type: »

Commodities futures have produced better annual returns than stocks and outperformed bonds even more.

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In the short term, equities are higher risk, but over the long term they are less risky because they will outperform.

outperform the (stock) market/index »

The latest Fortune survey of business performance in the US showed that new and diverse companies outperform the stock market.

[T] to be more successful than other companies or countries: »

Employment reports suggest that the US economy will outperform Europe in the months to come.

outperform (your) competitors/rivals »

In order to achieve dramatic improvements and outperform competitors, a corporation often needs to make radical changes.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • outperform — (v.) 1960, from OUT (Cf. out) + PERFORM (Cf. perform). Related: Outperformed; outperforming …   Etymology dictionary

  • outperform — ► VERB ▪ perform better than …   English terms dictionary

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  • outperform — verb Outperform is used with these nouns as the object: ↑competition, ↑competitor, ↑market, ↑peer …   Collocations dictionary

  • outperform — out|per|form [ˌautpəˈfo:m US pərˈfo:rm] v [T] to be more successful than someone or something else ▪ Stocks generally outperform other investments …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • outperform — verb (T) to perform better than someone or something else: The new Pentium computers outperform our 486s …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • outperform — /owt peuhr fawrm /, v.t. to surpass in excellence of performance; do better than: a new engine that outperforms the competition; a stock that outperformed all others. [1955 60; OUT + PERFORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • outperform — verb To perform better than something or someone …   Wiktionary

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