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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Global oil production outpaced demand by 900,000 barrels a day in the first half of the year. Dan K. Eberhart For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Thank Trump for America's new oil markets," 9 Aug. 2019 Also Friday’s figures showed that British consumers remains upbeat as unemployment is at 44-year lows and wages are rising solidly and outpacing inflation. Washington Post, "UK economy shrinks for first time since 2012 as Brexit bites," 9 Aug. 2019 While daytime high temperatures are also on the rise, they are outpaced by rising lows. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Here’s how much warmer summer nights have gotten in Dallas-Fort Worth," 8 Aug. 2019 The cost for tuition, school fees and childcare in the Bay Area was up 10.3 percent between June 2018 and June 2019, outpacing the cost of all other goods. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Living expenses grew faster than wages in the Bay Area," 8 Aug. 2019 McCaffrey’s 965 offensive snaps outpaced the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott (890), the Giants’ Saquon Barkley (853) and the Rams’ Todd Gurley (825). Steve Reed, The Denver Post, "Panthers expect less plays, more touches for RB Christian McCaffrey," 5 Aug. 2019 The last 12 months have produced an uptick in acts deemed domestic terrorism, with the number of deaths outpacing those caused by individuals inspired by foreign groups. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Attack highlights challenge of pursuing domestic extremists," 4 Aug. 2019 Still, pay increases seem outpaced by employers’ complaints about labor shortages. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Job Growth Slows in July but Remains Solid," 2 Aug. 2019 While OCSO’s homicide cases are slightly outpacing last year, OPD has seen a decrease. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Sheriff John Mina responds to recent shootings, calls for community’s help to solve spate of crimes," 1 Aug. 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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