outrun

verb
out·run | \ˌau̇t-ˈrən \
outran\ˌau̇t-ˈran \; 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.

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Enterprising entrepreneurs modified their vehicles to create space to haul moonshine and souped up the engines to outrun revenue agents. Alan Ashe, CNN, "It's National Moonshine Day. We answer your questions," 7 June 2018 Molten lava and ash were thrown hundreds of feet into the air and onto the streets of the mountainside community near Hilo, and residents under a mandatory evacuation tried to outrun the volcano's flow. Carter Evans, CBS News, "Hawaii volcano eruption: Residents warned about sulfur dioxide exposure," 4 May 2018 Though voter registration in their congressional district leans heavily against Republicans — Democrats have an 18-percentage-point advantage — Valadao outran President Trump by 16 percentage points and even Hillary Clinton by 2 percentage points. Jazmine Ulloa, latimes.com, "GOP Rep. David Valadao, Democrat TJ Cox advance in bid for Central Valley's 21st District," 6 June 2018 Jones outran Truex in a two-lap overtime dash to join the list of Cup winners. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "NASCAR Cup Series playoff hopefuls look to break through at Kentucky Speedway," 12 July 2018 But with a top speed of 15 mph and a one-charge range of about 15 miles, there is no chance for the prey to outrun the predator. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Electric scooters have taken over Indianapolis and they can smell fear," 2 July 2018 The gust front, which is like a wall of wind that flows across the ground, away from a thunderstorm and tends to outrun it, is plainly seen on radar. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "This wicked Virginia Beach storm went under the radar last night," 25 June 2018 Busch, who started 32nd but quickly worked his way into contention, outran Chase Elliott and teammate Denny Hamlin for his fifth career victory at Richmond Raceway, the most among active drivers. Fox News, "Kyle Busch wins third NASCAR Cup race in a row at Richmond," 23 Apr. 2018 Busch, who started 32nd but quickly worked his way into contention, outran Chase Elliott and teammate Denny Hamlin for his fifth career victory at Richmond Raceway, the most among active drivers. Hank Kurz Jr., BostonGlobe.com, "As his streak grows, Kyle Busch slowly winning over critics," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of outrun

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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outrun

verb

English Language Learners Definition of outrun

: to run or move faster than (someone or something)

: to be or become more or greater than (something)

outrun

verb
out·run | \au̇t-ˈrən \
outran\-ˈran \; outrun; outrunning

Kids Definition of outrun

: to run or move faster than

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