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 For the benefit of us all, doctors as well as patients, let’s hope these new rules long outlast the pandemic. New York Times, "A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine," 11 May 2020 The idea is to outlast your competition on the battlefield without getting trapped in the dangerous butter storm. Popular Science, "How to get the most out of Apple Arcade’s multiplayer games," 11 Apr. 2020 This is the Indiana Miller has dreamt of — versatile enough to match up with anyone, deep enough to outlast anyone, persistent enough to pull away from anyone. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Opportunity awaits IU on the road — if Hoosiers are ready to seize it," 14 Jan. 2020 There was a firestorm of controversy roiling the Young administration during each of the 11 years Berg served as spokesman, easily outlasting three other spokespersons who worked for Young during his 20 years in office. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "In memoriam: A look back at who Michigan lost in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 The quicker Wizards will be able to outlast the Pistons, especially if Drummond and Griffin need to sit out. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons odds, picks and best bets," 16 Dec. 2019 Murphy High School in Mobile: Chosen by Carolina in the final round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Munnerlyn outlasted the six players picked by the Panthers in front of him. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "12 of the NFL Draft’s biggest bargains," 18 Apr. 2020 Ironically, Wari engineering long outlasted the state itself. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Shrewd water use helped South America’s first empire thrive. So why did a drought destroy it?," 16 Apr. 2020 And, co-driving a 1.5-liter Osca with Bill Lloyd, outlasted bigger, faster Ferraris, Lancias, and Aston Martins to take the overall win. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Sir Stirling Moss, Legendary Racer, Dies at 90," 12 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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24 May 2020

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“Outlast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlast. Accessed 25 May. 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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