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 Leaders of the associations representing city and county governments in Alabama say the benefits from the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress could far outlive the COVID-19 pandemic that brought about the legislation. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Officials say American Rescue Plan could be ‘transformational’," 22 Mar. 2021 Roeder hopes Gratitude Grams will outlive the pandemic. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio musicians, artists sending health care workers songs and art to boost spirits through Gratitude Grams," 24 Mar. 2021 Through this parallel to nature, Vachon demonstrates that even small companies can deal with major transitions despite having fewer resources, just as certain small mammals managed to outlive dinosaurs. Karl Moore, Forbes, "National Bank Of Canada CEO: 4 Ways To Future-Proof Your Company," 11 Mar. 2021 The cast iron ensures even heat distribution and guarantees this pan will outlive me. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Cast iron pans make quick work of roasting vegetables," 3 Mar. 2021 Also, continuing to utilize video to create and deepen connections when face to face remains impossible for a little while longer makes sense—and this practice will long outlive the pandemic. Daniel Newman, Forbes, "How 2020 Is Shaping Customer Engagement Now And In The Future," 2 Mar. 2021 And Zoom has had several months to change consumer behavior, increasing people's familiarity and dependency on its software—habits could well outlive the pandemic. Fortune, "Zoom keeps zooming," 2 Mar. 2021 The end of the pandemic may be in sight, but the security strategies being rolled out now are likely to outlive it. Stu Sjouwerman, Forbes, "Securing The Remote Workforce Is Top Priority, But It Won't Be Easy," 2 Mar. 2021 And realizing that the work potentially has the power to outlive me and that those encounters may continue for generations to come is awe inspiring. Harper's BAZAAR, "How the Studio Museum in Harlem Transformed the Art World Forever," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of outlive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Apr 2021

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“Outlive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlive. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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