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

Definition of outpace

transitive verb

1 : to surpass in speed
2 : outdo

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Chinese stocks have just clocked their best first two months of the year since the global financial crisis, and have outpaced the rest of the world, despite a cloud of bad news about the country’s economy and the region’s political stability. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Why Chinese Shares Rebounded: News That’s Less Bad Than Expected," 3 Mar. 2019 But even with new executives at the reins, the company’s stumbles outpaced its efforts to regain user trust. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 Even though people who live and work in these cities tend to make more money than people in other parts of the country, rent prices in these cities have outpaced wages. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "How rising rents contribute to homelessness," 14 Dec. 2018 Electric cars accounted for 7.1 percent of California car sales in the first three quarters of the year, with fully electric, zero-emission car sales outpacing plug-in hybrid sales 4.1 percent to 3 percent respectively. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Electric car industry group says Californians have now purchased 500,000 EVs," 10 Dec. 2018 And given the affordability crisis sweeping across America, especially on the West Coast, this points to only one thing: Home prices have outpaced wages in these markets and people simply can’t afford to buy. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Home prices have finally hit a wall on the West Coast," 16 Oct. 2018 Peter, always impulsive, leaps from the boat and swims toward his friend, hoping to outpace the others. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Marveling at the abundance of divine love in the Bible," 6 Apr. 2018 The school recently reported that athletic expenses outpaced revenues last year by more than $40 million. Pat Eaton-r0bb, The Seattle Times, "New UConn president says he’s committed to football, AAC," 5 Feb. 2019 This is likely why nightlife wage growth has outpaced the city overall, Ms. Gans said. Kate King, WSJ, "New York City’s Nightlife Economy Is Thriving, Study Finds," 24 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of outpace

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outpace

: to go or grow faster than (something)

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