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

Definition of outrun

transitive verb

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

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 These characters are trying to outrun reality itself. Matthew Aucoin, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 McCary attempted to outrun deputies on foot but was quickly taken into custody, authorities said. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 26 Dec. 2021 And although most people won’t outrun an encounter with the virus forever, taking precautions now will help. NBC News, 20 Dec. 2021 McCormick also broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown on UTSA’s fourth possession, using a stiff arm to outrun Western Kentucky’s secondary. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Dec. 2021 The vigor of youth could no longer outrun the ravages of age and cancer. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Dec. 2021 Ether has outrun Bitcoin in all but four months so far this year and is closing November with a second straight month of outperformance. Vildana Hajric, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 Linebacker Drue Tranquill also closed in, but Williams was able to outrun him down the sideline. Jeff Miller Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2021 Powerfully built at 5-foot-10, 215 pounds, Pierce is a one-cut back with the ability to outrun defenders or run over them. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 23 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of outrun

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jan 2022

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“Outrun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrun. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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