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outstrip

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verb out·strip \ˌau̇t-ˈstrip\

Simple Definition of outstrip

  • : to be or become better, greater, or larger than (someone or something)

  • : to do better than (someone or something)

  • : to go faster than (someone or something)

Full Definition of outstrip

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to go faster or farther than

  3. 2 :  to get ahead of <has civilization outstripped the ability of its users to use it? — Margaret Mead>

Examples of outstrip

  1. The new hotel outstrips all other hotels in the area in size and luxury.

  2. The fullback outstripped the defenders and scored a touchdown.



Origin of outstrip

out- + obsolete strip to move fast


First Known Use: 1580

Synonym Discussion of outstrip

exceed, surpass, transcend, excel, outdo, outstrip mean to go or be beyond a stated or implied limit, measure, or degree. exceed implies going beyond a limit set by authority or established by custom or by prior achievement <exceed the speed limit>. surpass suggests superiority in quality, merit, or skill <the book surpassed our expectations>. transcend implies a rising or extending notably above or beyond ordinary limits <transcended the values of their culture>. excel implies preeminence in achievement or quality and may suggest superiority to all others <excels in mathematics>. outdo applies to a bettering or exceeding what has been done before <outdid herself this time>. outstrip suggests surpassing in a race or competition <outstripped other firms in sales>.

OUTSTRIP Defined for Kids

outstrip

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verb out·strip \au̇t-ˈstrip\

Definition of outstrip

out·strippedout·strip·ping

  1. 1 :  to go faster or farther than <She outstripped the other runners.>

  2. 2 :  to do better than <We outstripped all rivals.>





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