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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Helium consultant Phil Kornbluth estimates that demand is outpacing supply by as much as 15 percent. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Global helium market faces more uncertainty as government prepares to sell its stockpile stored in Texas," 21 June 2019 The Max was a direct response to rival Airbus' fuel-efficient A320neo, one of the European plane maker's most popular jets; Airbus has outpaced Boeing in sales in the category. Author: Angela Charlton, Anchorage Daily News, "CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning-system problem," 17 June 2019 Because population growth has outpaced revenue growth, city services have not kept up with demand. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Economic growth is at the center of Chula Vista mayoral race," 23 May 2018 The following is an excerpt of Habeas Data, which shows how the explosive growth of surveillance technology has outpaced our understanding of the ethics, mores, and laws of privacy. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How a suspected gang member’s traffic stop led to a crucial privacy case," 8 May 2018 Those gains came amid a strong nationwide recovery under Democratic President Barack Obama, but Snyder stressed that Michigan has outpaced other Great Lakes states on certain economic metrics, such as growth in per capita income. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Rick Snyder takes victory lap in final State of the State address," 23 Jan. 2018 The helpline now includes an online chat component, which has outpaced the number of contacts made over the phone. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Do good this week with the National Runaway Safeline," 9 Aug. 2017 By some metrics, Sanders is outpacing other 2020 Democratic contenders. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Bernie Sanders is winning the internet. Will it win him the White House?," 27 June 2019 Stripping out the bond swap, LGFV borrowing rose at 20% annually over the past five years, far outpacing overall debt growth. The Economist, "As growth slows, the spectre of local-government debt looms once more," 22 June 2019

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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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