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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To radically decarbonize with minimal negative emissions, efficiency will need to outrun growth. David Roberts, Vox, "What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like," 8 Oct. 2018 From outrunning photogs to a public declaration of love, here are the five cutest moments that occurred between Ari and Pete that occurred at the VMAs 2018. 1. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "5 Adorable Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Moments from VMAs 2018," 21 Aug. 2018 All of this trying to outrun the past with self-medicating and self-harm, instead of confronting it and trying to actually move forward. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 4," 30 July 2018 High-speed chases aren’t uncommon in some U.S. states bordering Mexico, as smugglers and others attempt to flee checkpoints and outrun the Border Patrol. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Vehicle Fleeing Border Patrol in Texas Crashes, Leaves Five Dead," 17 June 2018 But race after race, according to track records from 2006 and 2007, her superior genetics were outrun by Pretty Galore and Sue Me. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Second Chance Farm: Four broken men, six discarded racehorses, one place saving them," 17 May 2018 The drivers and teams being outrun by Kevin Harvick get a breather this week as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule takes a break for the annual All-Star Race. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "NASCAR takes steps to juice up competition for Saturday's All-Star race," 17 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of outrun

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
outran\-​ˈran \; outrun; outrunning

Kids Definition of outrun

: to run or move faster than

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