out·dis·tance | \ˌau̇t-ˈdi-stən(t)s \
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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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 Fans showed up in droves on the Rock Hall's own fan ballot, as Bon Jovi easily outdistanced the other nominees, beating out second place - and fellow inductee - the Moody Blues by more than 200,000 votes. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Bon Jovi knows fans put them in the Hall: Inductee profile," 8 Apr. 2018 The 31-year-old record for Final Four 3-point shots in a game, the 13 by Nevada-Las Vegas in 1987, had gotten sorely outdistanced even if nobody would make 10 as did the Rebels' Freddie Banks. Chuck Culpepper, chicagotribune.com, "An efficiency of movement: Villanova's offense takes over," 1 Apr. 2018

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1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outdistance was in 1789

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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 \
outdistanced; outdistancing

Kids Definition of outdistance

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

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