out·​dis·​tance | \ ˌau̇t-ˈdi-stən(t)s How to pronounce outdistance (audio) \
outdistanced; outdistancing; outdistances

Definition of outdistance

transitive verb

: to go far ahead of (as in a race) : outstrip

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Examples of outdistance in a Sentence

She easily outdistanced the other runners. This television outdistances all others in the number of sales.

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According to Bloomberg, his distressed-debt funds returned 19% per annum after fees, a record that far outdistanced his peers. Burton G. Malkiel, WSJ, "‘Mastering the Market Cycle’ Review: The Dangers of Optimism," 8 Oct. 2018 Thus provisioned, Hyundai’s mini-ute outdistances the Bolt (238 miles), the Jaguar I-Pace (234) and even comes within a whisker of Tesla’s base Model 3 (260). Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: Good EVs Are No Longer Shocking," 1 Nov. 2018 District 6: Lake to square off against Pence Jeannine Lee Lake won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House seat representing District 6, easily outdistancing her five opponents, reports The Star Press. Leigh Hedger, Indianapolis Star, "Trump to boost Braun in Elkhart, but can Braun or Donnelly excite voters?," 9 May 2018 This year's team piled up 185 points, outdistancing runnerup Phoenix Desert Vista, which had 74.5 points. Richard Obert, azcentral, "American Family Insurance All-USA Arizona High School Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year nominees," 24 May 2018 But his deal’s $9 million average is outdistanced in 2018 by 20 receivers and a pair of tight ends, and that’s without accounting for whatever happens on the free-agent market later this month. Albert Breer, SI.com, "NFL Draft Quarterback Class: The Holes, the Hype and How the Combine Performances Will Factor," 1 Mar. 2018 This is at least the third television ad buy the Ivey campaign has made in recent weeks - a testament to her fundraising that far outdistances her opponents in the Juen 5 Republican primary. Paul Gattis, AL.com, "Gov. Kay Ivey still talking about 'mountain oysters' in campaign," 25 Apr. 2018 That outdistanced the next-best back by more than 20, according to the story. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego State's Rashaad Penny is the potential steal of NFL Draft," 20 Apr. 2018 The Vikings scored a meet-best 815 points to easily outdistance second-place Centennial (494 points) and third-place Atholton (464.5) on Sunday, April 15. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Mt. Hebron swimming rolls to fourth straight Howard County Invitational title," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of outdistance

1789, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outdistance

: to go far ahead of or beyond (someone or something)


out·​dis·​tance | \ au̇t-ˈdi-stəns How to pronounce outdistance (audio) \
outdistanced; outdistancing

Kids Definition of outdistance

: to go far ahead of (as in a race)

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