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 Last week, JPMorgan was forced into crisis management after CEO Jamie Dimon joked that the U.S. bank would outlive the CCP. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2021 That case will likely join the growing tide of plastic waste and could easily outlive you. Pia Ceres, Wired, 11 Nov. 2021 This benevolence should outlive a company founder, said Tang. Carlton Reid, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Sammy is proof that there’s no point in trying to outlive the date you’ve been given. Natashia Deón, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 While Williams of Michigan’s Black Democratic caucus is not exactly sure what a reparations program could look like in Detroit, his hope is that the city’s program will outlive both him and his 38-year old son. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2021 Eventually, however, even large dams may outlive their usefulness. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 16 Nov. 2021 With more companies implementing permanent hybrid working options — in which some employees work from home and others in the office — the virtual nature of work may far outlive the pandemic. Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2021 The insurance industry has long promoted annuities as important retirement vehicles; a saver who accumulated stocks and bonds could outlive her assets, but an annuity keeps paying until death. Dawn Lim, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of outlive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2022

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“Outlive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlive. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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