out·​last ˌau̇t-ˈlast How to pronounce outlast (audio)
outlasted; outlasting; outlasts

transitive verb

: to last longer than : to continue to exist, be active, etc., longer than (someone or something)
BookCourt … withstood the 1999 opening of a Barnes & Noble store just a few blocks away and even outlasted the owners' marriage.Eli Rosenberg

Examples of outlast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Palmer’s 17 years in the CEO seat means she’s far outlasted the average 4.5-year tenure of female Fortune 500 chiefs and the seven-year tenure of male Fortune 500 CEOs. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2024 Deadly consequences 'if Putin can outlast us' Today, Neliupšienė is adamant that failure to support Ukraine will only lead to more invasions. Dan Morrison, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2024 In Saturday’s quarterfinal-round games, Freed-Hardeman of Tennessee defeated Central Baptist of Arkansas 85-74; Grace (Indiana) downed Evangel 83-76; Langston (Oklahoma) beat Indiana Wesleyan 61-48; and the College of Idaho outlasted Morningside (Iowa) 73-56. Kansas City Star, 24 Mar. 2024 Large-scale damage in emergency situations often affects cell phone towers, too, and outages may outlast battery power. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 22 Mar. 2024 Six decades on however, Biba’s legacy outlasts its footprint on the high street. Zoe Whitfield, CNN, 19 Mar. 2024 In authoritarian regimes, such political challenges often boil down to a duel between two men to see who can outlast the other, and that is what happened in this case, Mr. Gallyamov said. Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Bluesky has managed to maintain a steady buzz so far, outlasting other up-and-coming microblogging platforms like Pebble and Parler. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 After not winning a game in five trips to the region’s toughest bracket, the Pride suffocated perennial participant Modesto Christian in the semifinals before outlasting a more athletic and taller Archbishop Riordan team to punch its ticket to Sacramento. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 9 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outlast was in 1570

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“Outlast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlast. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to last longer than : survive

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