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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outlive, outwear

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The Boosted Board outlasted me, like an inexhaustible dog. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 But the building, with its distinctive design from architect Stanley Meston, outlasted all but two remaining McDonald's locations. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "Cheap Eats 2018: Your guide to the guide," 4 Apr. 2018 Known for her icy blue gaze and a glow that's outlasted decades in Hollywood, Theron's latest transformation is deserving of an award on it's own. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Charlize Theron Reveals a Femme Fatale Makeover at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 That could stoke economic troubles that far outlast turbulence from trade battles this year. WSJ, "China’s Demographic Danger Grows as Births Fall Far Below Forecast," 9 Feb. 2019 Anderson, who outlasted John Isner in the longest match ever played on Centre Court, is looking to win his first Grand Slam title. Sam Farmer, courant.com, "Djokovic Wins Another Marathon, Defeating Nadal In Wimbledon Semifinal," 14 July 2018 Lee May slams two three-run home runs and knocks in seven runs as the Orioles outlast the Red Sox, 9-7, in Boston. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for April 15-21," 15 Apr. 2018 So have Jon Rahm, now in just his second full season on tour; Justin Thomas, who won the PGA Championship last year; and Justin Rose, who outlasted Mickelson in 2013 at Merion Golf Club. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson chase history at U.S. Open | Marcus Hayes," 13 June 2018 Johnson didn’t pursue the issue, and Martin served until 1970, outlasting Johnson by more than a year. Peter Conti-brown, WSJ, "Can Trump Fire Jerome Powell? It’s a Political Question," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of outlast

1570, in the meaning defined above

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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