Definition of outlive
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
Examples of outlive in a Sentence
No mother wants to outlive her children.
He outlived his wife by 10 years.
Recent Examples of outlive from the Web
The justices recognize their decisions will long outlive Donald J. Trump.
Unfortunately, some of the patients outlive the caregivers because the caregivers don’t necessarily take care of themselves.
Omar, however, has outlived even Osama bin Laden, and his political career may make a comeback.
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First Known Use of outlive
OUTLIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of outlive for English Language Learners
: to live longer than (someone)
: to continue to exist longer than (something) : to outlast (something)
OUTLIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of outlive for Students
: to live or last longer than That rule has outlived its usefulness.
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