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

Definition of outpace

transitive verb

1 : to surpass in speed
2 : outdo

Examples of outpace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The United States continues to outpace all other nations, with more than 4.7 million infections, but the number of new cases being reported nationwide has dropped in recent days. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Live updates: Trump administration sticks to school reopening plan as U.S. death toll exceeds 153,000," 5 Aug. 2020 The state leads in COVID-19 cases per capita, continuing to outpace even Florida, Arizona and New York, where dramatic surges of the virus have occurred since the outbreak began in March. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: Stimulus talks drag with $1 trillion on the line; list of dangerous hand sanitizers grows; Australia under siege," 3 Aug. 2020 The state leads in COVID-19 cases per capita, continuing to outpace even Florida, Arizona and New York, where dramatic surges of the virus have occurred since the outbreak began in March. USA Today, "Louisiana: The rare case of a state ravaged twice by COVID-19," 1 Aug. 2020 Projections showed that costs would again outpace revenue this fiscal year, according to the COGCC. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado scales back proposed fee hike on oil, gas industry after estimates show better-than-expected production," 27 July 2020 Rental agencies are experiencing numbers that outpace previous record-setting vacation seasons. al, "‘Walking a tight rope’: Alabama’s beaches manage surge of visitors, spike in coronavirus," 4 July 2020 Cases in that age group continue to outpace any others and now account for about half of all positive COVID-19 tests in Louisville. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Officials urge precautions as COVID-19 cases rise in young adults in Louisville, Lexington," 3 July 2020 The only Fox News broadcast to outpace the president's rally in viewers this year was Trump's State of the Union address. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Trump Tulsa rally scores big television numbers for Fox News despite lackluster in-person attendance," 22 June 2020 Suicide rates among transgender youths far outpace the rates among all high school students across the country. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Hundreds march Saturday in LGBTQ Black Lives Matter rally," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of outpace

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2020

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“Outpace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outpace. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outpace

: to go or grow faster than (something)

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