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 Here are three reasons why: 'Why not us': How does IU football outrun its history after Gator Bowl letdown? Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU lets fourth-quarter lead slip away, falls to Tennessee in Gator Bowl heartbreaker," 3 Jan. 2020 In Tutu Atwell and Javian Hawkins, Satterfield began his rebuilding process with two critical components for an explosive offense: a receiver capable of outrunning coverage and a workhorse running back with breakaway abilities. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Music City Bowl is just the beginning for Louisville football's journey with Satterfield," 29 Dec. 2019 Cam Wiedemann raced through the middle of the Crossett defense and outran two Eagles defenders the rest of the way on a 71-yard scoring run and a 42-7 lead. Arkansas Online, "Shiloh Christian punches ticket to title game," 7 Dec. 2019 The athleticism: In the red zone, Allen looked left and middle before outrunning a Dolphins defender for an eight-yard touchdown. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Quarterback Josh Allen “big reason” why Buffalo is 7-3 entering Sunday’s game vs. Broncos," 22 Nov. 2019 Granby scored nine minutes into the first half, as senior Samantha St. Pierre outran a host of Weston defenders and put one past the keeper. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Girls soccer: Nolan’s late goal sends Granby to state final with 2-1 win over Weston," 20 Nov. 2019 If caught in a wildfire Don't try to outrun the blaze. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Wildfire safety tips," 12 Aug. 2019 But Bosa wouldn’t bet on that happening Sunday because Brees, for all his superlatives, doesn’t have the speed to outrun sacks. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers welcome chance to face a pocket passer: Even if it’s Saints QB legend Drew Brees," 7 Dec. 2019 Risking life and limb, Julius manages to outrun the warriors and spirit Gordy away to safety — for a while. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "A.R. Moxon’s ‘The Revisionaries’ might be the weirdest novel of the year," 3 Dec. 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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7 Jan 2020

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“Outrun.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrun. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce outrun (audio)

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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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