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.

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Republican women outrun men in their support for Mr. Trump on virtually every issue Fox polled. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Women Who Love Trump," 19 Dec. 2018 The team’s final goal came off a sequence in which Ryan Pozaga bulled over a defender, gained possession of the ball and outran the rest of the defense to the goal. Chris Melchiorre, Philly.com, "Moorestown boys' lacrosse falls in Group 3 state championship," 30 May 2018 And, yet, despite all the sleepovers and rescue missions, grandma is still outrunning Mr. Musk. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla Should Pull an Apple: Leave ‘Production Hell’ to Other People," 25 Jan. 2019 Her family first tried to outrun the violence without leaving the country, moving from place to place. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 The Texans amassed 207 points to win the girls division, outrunning Bellaire (136), Westbury (89) and Westside (48). Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Lamar sweeps Houston Relays filled with standouts," 8 Mar. 2018 Their centrist records may enable at least some of them to outrun the weight of the Democratic Party label in their states. Randy Yeip, WSJ, "Red-State Blues: Senators Running Behind Enemy Lines," 25 Oct. 2018 On the other hand, the Bullitt is only available with a manual transmission, so a GT with the 10-speed auto will probably still outrun it in a straight line. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Ford Resurrects a Legend With the 2019 Mustang Bullitt," 8 Oct. 2018 Most of them play characters who become trapped in a house together while trying to outrun the carnage taking place outside. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Sandra Bullock is the best part of Bird Box, Netflix’s new post-apocalyptic thriller," 20 Dec. 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 How to pronounce outrun (audio) \
outran\ -​ˈran \; outrun; outrunning

Kids Definition of outrun

: to run or move faster than

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a strong desire or propensity

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