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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Examples of outlast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web African violets, tulips, orchids, hyacinths and cyclamen are affordable alternatives that will outlast fresh flowers, which often fade after a few days. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2022 For now, these sturdy old buildings stand as unsung monuments to a time when a Republican mayor partnered with a disparate cast of characters to quickly grow a public childcare system that would outlast both a fiscal crisis and a global pandemic. Kendra Hurley, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Dec. 2021 The hygienic silicone is both water-resistant and odor-resistant, meaning this bad boy is a more sanitary option that will outlast its flimsier nylon counterparts. Glamour, 12 July 2022 There were a few glimmers of hope amid the bleak news: The crisis forced health agencies and ministries in many poor countries to adopt innovations that may outlast the pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 This era of audacity and rule-breaking in British politics may be about to end, but its repercussions will outlast it by a long way. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 Finally, the battery life of this little wonder has been bumped up to an amazing 30 hours, long enough to outlast the wildest of wild parties. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The Calgary Flames got a hat trick from Matthew Tkachuk to outlast the Edmonton Oilers 9-6 and grab Game 1 of the second-round series Wednesday night. San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2022 But the angry politics of Covid-19 are only getting more intense, and given their future electoral implications, look certain to outlast the pandemic itself. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outlast

1570, in the meaning defined above

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“Outlast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlast. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for outlast


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

Kids Definition of outlast

: to last longer than The boxer outlasted his opponent.

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