out·​drive ˌau̇t-ˈdrīv How to pronounce outdrive (audio)
outdrove ˌau̇t-ˈdrōv How to pronounce outdrive (audio) ; outdriven ˌau̇t-ˈdri-vən How to pronounce outdrive (audio) ; outdriving

transitive verb

: to outdo or surpass in driving: such as
: to drive a vehicle better or faster than
… when a promising driver in a smaller-capacity car outdrives a rival in something bigger …Marcus Pye
golf : to hit a longer drive than
Alec Johnson's success on the golf course is simple—he hits the ball farther than anyone else. "I usually can outdrive everybody in my group when I play," Johnson said.Eric Mayer
: to avoid or get beyond by driving fast
tried to outdrive a flash flood

Examples of outdrive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His lone misstep was trying to hand Justin Thomas a tampon after outdriving him on the ninth hole Friday. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2023 On February 16, Golfweek reported that Woods slipped a tampon into fellow player Justin Thomas' hand after outdriving him on the ninth hole. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 18 Feb. 2023 She is forced to navigate piles of dead bodies, learn how to outdrive a bunch of bad guys hot on their heels, and generally face the sort of predicaments that would scar someone twice her age. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 16 July 2021 Contestants who outdrive Daly, a winner of two majors on the PGA Tour, win a trip for two to play golf with Fuzzy Zoeller at his course in Indiana. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, 10 Mar. 2020 Woods generated enough club-head speed to outdrive the 26-year-old J.T. Poston, one of the players with whom he was grouped, by 53 yards on the par-4 17th. Karen Crouse, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outdrive was in 1665

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“Outdrive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdrive. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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