out·​live | \ ˌau̇t-ˈliv How to pronounce outlive (audio) \
outlived; outliving; outlives

Definition of outlive

transitive verb

1 : to live beyond or longer than outlived most of his friends outlive its usefulness
2 : to survive the effects of universities … outlive many political and social changes— J. B. Conant

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Examples of outlive in a Sentence

No mother wants to outlive her children. He outlived his wife by 10 years.
Recent Examples on the Web In some form, a Mylar balloon will outlive anyone who buys, or simply looks at, one. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 This can help find the balance between spending as much as possible and trying to ensure that clients won't outlive their money. David John Marotta, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Women began to outlive the male relatives who normally would have controlled them and become lynchpins of power and political loyalty in their own right. Katherine Pangonis, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 Moreover, as time goes by, Jackson’s creations are likely to outlive the misdeeds. Kyle Smith, National Review, 11 Feb. 2022 Broadcast to millions of viewers, Russian biowarfare allegations will likely also outlive the current conflict. Claas Kirchhelle, Wired, 11 Mar. 2022 But others warn that the pandemic’s effects could outlive the pandemic itself, potentially resulting in a smaller work force and faster inflation. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 That’s why, eventually, Dombrow and Fallon want to be able to refurbish shoes, noting that certain elements—like the carbon-fiber plate—will outlive others, like the midsole, upper, or outsole. Lisa Jhung, Outside Online, 1 Feb. 2022 Yet women live longer than men, often marry men older than themselves, and are therefore statistically more likely to be caregivers to their spouses – and outlive them. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outlive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Outlive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlive. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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out·​live | \ au̇t-ˈliv How to pronounce outlive (audio) \
outlived; outliving

Kids Definition of outlive

: to live or last longer than That rule has outlived its usefulness.

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