out·​run | \ ˌau̇t-ˈrən How to pronounce outrun (audio) \
outran\ ˌau̇t-​ˈran How to pronounce outran (audio) \; outrun; outrunning

Definition of outrun

transitive verb

1 : to run faster than
2 : exceed, surpass his ambitions outrun his abilities

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Examples of outrun in a Sentence

The rabbit had no chance of outrunning the dogs. His motorcycle could outrun any car on the road.
Recent Examples on the Web Didn’t have siblings to show him that failure was routine, that a child could never outrun a parent. Tiphanie Yanique, The New Yorker, "God’s Caravan," 28 Oct. 2019 Cunningham zigged when the Cavaliers zagged, eluding tackles, outrunning pursuit and leading Louisville to its fifth victory in eight games. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Despite Micale Cunningham's stellar play, Louisville seems content with 2-QB system," 27 Oct. 2019 Two plays later, Dry’s long touchdown run, during which the senior broke a tackle and outran the Scorpions’ defensive backs, shifted momentum back in Glenelg’s favor at halftime. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Dry’s speed leads Glenelg past Oakland Mills in old-school football game," 11 Oct. 2019 The breakout sophomore hauled in Atkinson’s throw about 25 yards downfield on fourth-and-6 late in the first quarter, cutting back before outrunning the rest of the secondary to tie the game in the waning seconds of the first quarter. Brent New, The Denver Post, "Football: Fairview holds on to beat Rock Canyon," 27 Sep. 2019 There were two highlight plays by Odell Beckham Jr., including the longest catch of his career, an 89-yard touchdown that saw him outmaneuver and outrun the Jets defense. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "The Browns offense is struggling, but there’s still a lot of upside," 17 Sep. 2019 Two series later, Hill tossed a short dump-off pass to Marvin Kinsey Jr. and the senior broke a tackle and outran two defenders for a 77-yard score. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Colorado State rolls past Western Illinois behind 440 yards of offense in first half," 7 Sep. 2019 His longest touchdown came on a 93-yard jaunt to the end zone after catching a quick pass, getting a key block from a fellow receiver and outrunning the entire Bartlett defense to pay dirt. Author: Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "West quarterback has a hand in six touchdowns to lead Eagles past Bartlett," 7 Sep. 2019 In 1983, at age 35, Branch tied the N.F.L. record with a 99-yard touchdown catch in a regular-season game, gathering in a pass from Plunkett against the Redskins in Washington and outrunning their secondary. William Mcdonald, New York Times, "Cliff Branch, Raiders’ Elusive All-Pro Receiver, Dies at 71," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of outrun

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outrun was in 1526

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11 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Outrun.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outran. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of outrun

: to run or move faster than (someone or something)
: to be or become more or greater than (something)


out·​run | \ au̇t-ˈrən How to pronounce outrun (audio) \
outran\ -​ˈran \; outrun; outrunning

Kids Definition of outrun

: to run or move faster than

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