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.
Recent Examples on the Web At the Las Vegas event, Chen outdistanced US teammate Jason Brown, who took the silver medal (255.09) and Russian Dmitri Aliev (253.55). BostonGlobe.com, "Kelechi Osemele," 20 Oct. 2019 Port Louis, ridden by Avery Whisman, went off at 32-1 in the fifth race of the afternoon and outdistanced second-favorite Sparty by 1 1/2 lengths to win the Maryland Million Starters Handicap. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: Forest Fire wins Maryland Million Classic on an upbeat afternoon at Laurel Park," 19 Oct. 2019 Utah State is the prohibitive favorite, receiving all 17 first-place votes to easily outdistance SDSU in the balloting among media that regularly covers the conference. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs picked 2nd in Mountain West preseason basketball poll," 15 Oct. 2019 The Long Blue Lane racked up 6341 points to outdistance Loyola (CA) – 6231, Carmel (IN) – 6146, Phillips (MA) – 6109 and Woodlands (TX) – 5971. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "St. Xavier swim team voted top national team for a fifth consecutive time," 17 July 2019 Madeline Vonah said Lapointe St-Georges was part of the team which outdistanced them in their first year. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Naming cardboard boat ‘Titanic’ doesn’t sink siblings’ chances in Lincolnshire regatta," 15 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of outdistance

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 How to pronounce outdistance (audio) \
outdistanced; outdistancing

Kids Definition of outdistance

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

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