out·​pace ˌau̇t-ˈpās How to pronounce outpace (audio)
outpaced; outpacing; outpaces

transitive verb

: to surpass in speed
: outdo

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Semi reported in early August that its automotive and industrial units now account for 66% of overall sales, where robust demand for power management systems and sensors continue to outpace supply. Jon Markman, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Republicans’ straight-party votes alone set them up to quickly outpace all votes cast for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham. James Pollard, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, Red China continues to devote more money to defense and quietly has adopted advanced technology, some of which appears to outpace our ability to counter. Arkansas Online, 12 Nov. 2022 All this is due to the huge profit bulge from its COVID products, which has enabled Pfizer to outpace Johnson & Johnson as the biggest industry revenue earner so far in 2022. Arthur Allen, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2022 Our exports were starting to outpace our imports, and business and consumer spending rose a little. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2022 Investors are always looking for ways to outpace the current rate of inflation. Dr. Edward Burns Jr, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 With Florida’s history of close statewide elections and Demings capability to outpace her Republican rival in fundraising, this will certainly be a race to watch. Melissa Noel, Essence, 24 Aug. 2022 Compensation simply isn’t keeping up with the current cost of living; even workers who did receive raises often didn’t see a high enough bump to outpace inflation. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outpace was in 1611

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“Outpace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outpace. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


out·​pace (ˈ)au̇t-ˈpās How to pronounce outpace (audio)
: outrun

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