out·​last | \ ˌau̇t-ˈlast How to pronounce outlast (audio) \
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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For emergencies that outlast your stash, consider using iodine tablets, a pump or squeeze-bag water filter or other purification devices to treat water that may not be potable during an emergency. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Packing an emergency kit? Think about using your camping gear," 12 July 2019 Or, pick up a Gucci iPhone case patterned with colorful blooms that outlast Sunday's festivities. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "16 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas," 8 May 2019 Nine-year-old Chuck Smolka of Staten Island, New York, outlasted more than 5,000 qualifiers. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "VR Home Run Derby to be held in Cleveland," 26 June 2019 Don’t let the stars in your eyes blind you to the risks of cosigning loans or credit cards — the obligation may outlast the relationship. Susan Moeller, BostonGlobe.com, "The 7 stupidest things we do with money," 13 June 2019 Smith and Stanford outlasted Missouri State for a 55-46 victory on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, sending the cold-shooting Cardinal back to the Elite Eight for the third time in four years. Jay Cohen, The Seattle Times, "Stanford women outlast Missouri State 55-46 in Sweet 16," 30 Mar. 2019 However, the endless pipeline of troubled youth who need help will outlast groups like CRED unless the underlying social problems and police trust issues are more effectively addressed. Gary Macdougal, WSJ, "Chicago’s Violence and Its Leadership Deficit," 8 Aug. 2018 Croatia outlasted the Russian despite injuries to Danijel Subasic and Sime Versaljko, as well as an erroneous initial strategy by coach Zlatko Dalic. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Belgium eliminate Brazil, England make history and the best of the World Cup weekend," 8 July 2018 Ultimately, the Warriors couldn’t outlast a battle with the Raptors. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "It wasn’t the kind of finish Warriors and their fans wanted," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of outlast

1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outlast was in 1570

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English Language Learners Definition of outlast

: to last longer than (someone or something) : to continue to exist, be active, etc., longer than (someone or something)


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

Kids Definition of outlast

: to last longer than The boxer outlasted his opponent.

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