out·live | \ˌau̇t-ˈliv \
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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Synonyms for outlive


outlast, outwear

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Examples of outlive in a Sentence

No mother wants to outlive her children. He outlived his wife by 10 years.

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Jack Nicklaus wants to outlive all challenges to his collection of 18 major titles. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Curtis Strange embraces the idea of Brooks Koepka joining his U.S. Open club," 18 June 2018 At the same time, given that wives tend to outlive their husbands, women are positioned to control an increasing share of a $30 trillion wealth transfer under way as baby boomers leave assets to their children. Lisa Beilfuss, WSJ, "Edward Jones Taps Penny Pennington to Lead Brokerage," 8 May 2018 But even patients whose cancers had very low levels of these mutations outlived patients who got chemotherapy by a median of four months. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "For many lung cancer patients, Keytruda is a better initial treatment than chemotherapy, study finds," 5 June 2018 But for the current bull to outlive that beast, the stock market must avoid for the next six months a 20% drop from its all-time high on Jan. 26. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Bull market for stocks is turning 9. Could it become the longest?," 7 Mar. 2018 Although longevity figures can be distorted for short periods by statistical flukes, such as the current rash of premature deaths from opioid overdoses, in general Americans are consistently outliving their parents. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan is aging faster than the rest of the U.S. – here's why," 8 June 2018 Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts believes the contest has outlived its appeal. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies' Rhys Hoskins unconcerned about Home Run Derby impacting his swing," 12 July 2018 The study doesn’t necessarily mean that people will be outliving Jeanne Calment on a regular basis. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "How Long Can Humans Really Live?," 1 July 2018 The advantage of this approach is that Fisher's buildings don't go out of fashion or outlive their usefulness. Michael Webb, latimes.com, "Architect Frederick Fisher: Building a lasting legacy in the L.A. art world," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of outlive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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outlive one's usefulness

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The first known use of outlive was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of outlive

: to live longer than (someone)

: to continue to exist longer than (something) : to outlast (something)


out·live | \au̇t-ˈliv \
outlived; outliving

Kids Definition of outlive

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

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