out·last | \ˌau̇t-ˈlast \
outlasted; outlasting; outlasts

Definition of outlast 

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

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Synonyms for outlast


outlive, outwear

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Examples of outlast in a Sentence

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Her life is almost nothing besides this desperate, headlong attempt to outlast her own pain. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Sharp Objects Is Stunning, Raw, and Violently Beautiful," 5 July 2018 The national semifinal: U-M faced its first opponent seeded higher than seventh, outlasting No. 1 seed Kentucky, 81-78, in overtime behind Chris Webber’s 27 points. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Relive Michigan basketball's runs to the Final Four," 28 Mar. 2018 Leaving for vacation on a positive note, the Pacers won their third straight by outlasting the Brooklyn Nets, 108-103, at the Barclays Center. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers hit All-Star Break at season-best eight games over .500," 14 Feb. 2018 Awaiting Dimitrov in the next match is Briton Kyle Edmund, making his Grand Slam quarterfinal debut after outlasting Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Grigor Dimitrov outlasts Nick Kyrgios at Australian Open," 21 Jan. 2018 This year, the Warriors won the South and outlasted Lexington, 3-2, in the state semifinals after falling to the Minutemen earlier in the year by the same score. Trevor Hass, BostonGlobe.com, "Brookline, Weston capture tennis championships," 22 June 2018 Highlands outlasted Paintsville 5-0 in a quarterfinal game of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Highlands baseball rolls past Paintsville in state quarterfinals," 9 June 2018 Aaron Nola outlasted Clayton Kershaw, Seranthony Dominguez was Seranthony Dominguez, and Maikel Franco still hasn’t touched home plate. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Maikel Franco's Hollywood performance | Extra Innings," 1 June 2018 Our Lady of Peace outlasted Helix in the final two matches, going three sets in both of them to shut out the Highlanders 3-0 for the Division II crown. Terry Monahan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Marcos girls volleyball teams win inside and out," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of outlast

1570, in the meaning defined above

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out·last | \au̇t-ˈlast\
outlasted; outlasting

Kids Definition of outlast

: to last longer than The boxer outlasted his opponent.

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