out·pace | \ˌau̇t-ˈpās \
outpaced; outpacing; outpaces

Definition of outpace 

transitive verb

1 : to surpass in speed

2 : outdo

Examples of outpace in a Sentence

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Housing developments have outpaced infrastructure, leading to dormitory suburbs, whose residents commute daily but enjoy few services, amenities, and transport links. Michael Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing," 11 July 2018 British seafood imports have outpaced exports, and the domestic fishing industry is shrinking. WSJ, "For U.K. Fishermen, Brexit Comes With a Catch," 27 June 2018 The Pawnee Fire in Lake County, California has rapidly outpaced efforts to combat it, according to CBS San Francisco. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Officials report "zero containment" of 1,500-acre blaze Pawnee Fire in California," 24 June 2018 Representative Beto O’Rourke, his Democratic opponent, has outpaced him in fund-raising and attracted wide-scale media attention. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Ted Cruz Is Running Again. Trump Is Still Making Things Complicated.," 21 June 2018 The net creation of jobs has outpaced additional housing in New York City by a rate of two to one. The Economist, "In praise of gentrification," 21 June 2018 Demand has quickly outpaced supply for the brief tour, which is only coming to five U.S. cities as well as Hamilton, Ontario, in Canada before heading to Europe for seven dates in London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "BTS' Love Yourself US Tour Is 2018's Most Expensive Ticket, Thanks to Intense Demand," 12 June 2018 Operating costs have outpaced revenue, with village officials last year making cuts to the current year’s budget, and the trend isn’t changing, according to village projections. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "New taxes, job cuts possible as Orland Park officials tackle budget gap," 8 June 2018 But activity in the last 30 days has far outpaced its historical monthly average of 1,000. Madison Park, CNN, "9,900 earthquakes unleashed on Hawaii Island in the last 30 days," 5 June 2018

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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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