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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Recent Examples on the Web Those type of relationships can outlast a single game and sometimes evolve into deep relationships. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "You could use a hug. Here are some safe options," 23 June 2020 America is a nation unmoored, and experts say for many people the negative mental health impacts will outlast the current crises. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "'A culmination of crises': America is in turmoil, and a mental health crisis looms next," 21 June 2020 But there are still question marks over whether the sudden video boom will outlast the pandemic, as countries and states gradually begin to emerge from lockdown. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Zoom's rise kicked off a tech battle over video conferencing. Here's what's at stake," 2 June 2020 It’s accepting the 35-lap tire stint limit, even if your premier strength is fuel saving, and finding another way to try to outlast the rest this week, while spending time on strategy calls via Zoom instead of at the race shop. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Unknowns loom ahead of IndyCar season-opener at Texas: 'I'm nervous. I think everybody is nervous'," 4 June 2020 But the uncertainty of how long the pandemic and lockdowns will last, and whether the video boom can outlast them, might give some companies pause before going all-in. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Zoom's rise kicked off a tech battle over video conferencing. Here's what's at stake," 2 June 2020 If members of your household are always running into the kitchen for ice-cold sodas, water, or scotch on the rocks, the power of this ice maker to make up to 33 pounds over 24 hours will surely outlast the latest cartoon pop song. Popular Science, "Ice makers to help you chill out," 8 May 2020 Enright outlasted former Northwestern star Sam Triplett — the son of Kirk Triplett — by hanging on through a lengthy playoff in the Arizona heat to capture the title on Thursday. Tim Schmitt, azcentral, "Former MLB pitcher Barry Enright beats out pro field TPC Champions Classic in Scottsdale," 22 May 2020 But the advantage Amazon is building now could outlast the pandemic and give investigators concerned about Amazon's potentially noncompetitive behavior more evidence. Washington Post, "Welcome to The Technology 202, our guide to the intersection of technology and politics.," 24 Apr. 2020

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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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1 Jul 2020

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“Outlast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlast. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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