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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McCain was very popular on Election Day 2008 with an approval rating that far outpaced either candidate in the 2012 or 2016 elections. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "John McCain, who died at 81, explained," 26 Aug. 2018 The growth outpaced the increase in male incarceration by roughly 50 percent. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Raising babies behind bars," 11 May 2018 The growth outpaced the increase in male incarceration by roughly 50 percent. Justin Jouvenal, chicagotribune.com, "This central Illinois prison is allowing mothers to raise their babies behind bars. But is the radical experiment a good idea?," 11 May 2018 Investors have backed the strategy, with the company’s stock rising 18 percent since its April 2017 initial public offering, outpacing the 14 percent increase in the Stoxx Europe 600 Automobiles & Parts Index. Bloomberg.com, "President Trump Speaks at CPAC," 23 Feb. 2018 In 12 months, the median price increased 9.1 percent, outpacing the 4.2 percent yearly increase in 2016. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego median home price ends year in record territory," 24 Jan. 2018 From 2009 to 2015, the average number of students seeking mental health treatment surged about 30%, far outpacing the increase in enrollment (5.6%), according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State University. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Millennials strive for perfectionism more than past generations, study says," 4 Jan. 2018 In 2008 and 2012, black voters actually outpaced whites in the number of eligible voters who voted. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democrats suddenly look strong again in the Midwest," 25 Oct. 2018 Investors, anticipating further improvement, have bid up Macy’s stock by nearly 70 percent in the last 12 months, outpacing the 50 percent gain in the S&P retail index over the same period. James F. Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Some analysts skeptical that Macy’s can keep its rebound alive," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of outpace

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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English Language Learners Definition of outpace

: to go or grow faster than (something)

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a strong desire or propensity

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