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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Brett Kavanaugh is also likely to serve on the Court for decades, long outlasting Trump’s presidency no matter what happens in 2020. Anna North, Vox, "What George H.W. Bush’s presidency says about Trump and Kavanaugh," 3 Dec. 2018 The greatest makeup minds may have found workarounds for mastering the cat eye, but wearing lipstick that can outlast our favorite foods remains a challenge. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Shared Her Beauty Hack for Eating Pizza Without Smudging Your Lipstick," 28 Nov. 2018 Republicans point out the amendments would outlast current political players and dynamics and in some cases simply rebalance powers between government branches. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "North Carolina amendments could cement GOP agenda in place," 30 Oct. 2018 Before sending the stock any higher, investors should wait to see whether the frenzy Nike has manufactured can outlast the news cycle. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Nike Buzz Created Tough Expectations," 25 Sep. 2018 The rover has been exploring the surface of Mars since 2004, far outlasting its original mission timeline of 90 Martian days (a Martian day is about 40 minutes longer than a terrestrial one). Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "NASA Starts 45-Day Clock to Contact Mars Rover Opportunity as Dust Storm Wanes," 12 Sep. 2018 Those constructed of hardwoods, such as walnut, will outlast those made of softer woods, like pine. Cathy Hobbs, The Seattle Times, "How to pick the perfect sofa for your space," 18 Sep. 2018 Their usefulness to research will far outlast Miron’s life, and probably his mother’s and Peshkin’s too. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "An anti-aging researcher faces the loss of his inspiration: his 96-year-old father," 20 June 2018 Three years ago, Fowler made three birdies in his final four holes to outlast fellow American Matt Kuchar in a dramatic finish at the course just down the road from Muirfield in eastern Scotland. BostonGlobe.com, "Phil Mickelson says he will try to act better on golf course," 12 July 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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