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

transitive verb

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

Examples of outdistance in a Sentence

She easily outdistanced the other runners. This television outdistances all others in the number of sales.
Recent Examples on the Web During the first two months of fiscal 2024, total general revenues increased by $26 million, or 2.1%, over the same period in fiscal 2023 to $1.25 billion, outdistancing the state's forecast by $55.4 million, or 4.6%. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 6 Sep. 2023 Individual income tax collections from returns and extensions increased by $11.8 million over a year ago to $29.1 million, outdistancing the state's forecast by $18.2 million. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 6 Sep. 2023 Breakaway: One rider or a group of riders who have outdistanced the peloton. George Petras, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 The Jaguars totaled 142 points overall, easily outdistancing second-place James Madison (132). Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 6 June 2023 Hobart’s Cody Johnston won the pole vault with a 17-0 to easily outdistance the competition. The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2023 Britt also outdistanced Brooks by 16 percentage points in winning the plurality of votes in the primary but the runoff was required since no candidate in the primary received a majority of the votes. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 2 June 2023 So far in fiscal 2023, the state’s net general revenue has dropped by $282.9 million, from the same period in fiscal 2022, to $6.4 billion, but has outdistanced the state’s latest forecast by $18.5 million. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 2 June 2023 The Penn star had 171 votes to easily outdistance second-place Xavier Booker of Cathedral, who had 20. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outdistance was in 1789

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“Outdistance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdistance. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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out·​dis·​tance -ˈdis-tən(t)s How to pronounce outdistance (audio)
: to go far ahead of (as in a race) : outstrip

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