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
For a run-through of two movements of Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3, a monster orchestra of more than 250 competed on equal terms with the mighty organ that has outlived the building’s churchly uses.
On the right, Mitt Romney's 2012 loss was followed by years of investments, backed largely by the Koch and Mercer families, that would outlive any single candidate.
A widower who has outlived his siblings and several of his five children, Mr. Staton said he was born on Valentine’s Day in 1915, and grew up in a poor family with no money for music lessons and no radio in the house.
The timber playground built by the Colerain Community Playground Commission has outlived its usefulness and is now in need of replacement, as the need and costs for maintenance continue to escalate.
Of course, people have outlived 115, but not by much.
The John Browns and Charles Hamiltons in our midst are only too willing to precipitate catastrophes that long outlive the men themselves.
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.
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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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