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

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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 The new films outrun many, though not all, of the issues dogging jazz movies past, which have historically done a better job contouring the limitations of the white gaze than showing where the music springs from or its power to transcend. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Jazz Onscreen, Depicted by Black Filmmakers at Last," 29 Dec. 2020 The Warriors opened the season hoping to outrun opponents, but they were outscored on fast breaks 20-10 Friday. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Questions mount as Warriors lose big in Christmas Day game to Bucks," 25 Dec. 2020 Although his father would be released within months, Dickens would never fully outrun the memory of his family’s incarceration. Laurence Scott, The New Yorker, "Charles Dickens, the Writer Who Saw Lockdown Everywhere," 24 Dec. 2020 There's so much more to this story than just trying to outrun an extinction event. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Greenland is as much a love story as an epic spectacle of impending disaster," 18 Dec. 2020 Anyone else in George Brignac’s shoes — saddled with the disgrace that accompanies his name — might have gotten the hell out of Dodge and tried to reinvent himself, to outrun the shame. David A. Hammer, NOLA.com, "Monster in our midst: Despite predatory past, deacon welcomed back to Catholic institutions," 17 Dec. 2020 His speed and burst to outrun pursuit angles on the perimeter are impressive. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Bengals, including why RB-by-committee is the way for Dallas to go," 14 Dec. 2020 When that happened, the gas, dust, and rock fell downward and then rushed along the ground as a deadly pyroclastic flow—too hot and poisonous to survive, and too fast to outrun. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find two more bodies among the ruins of Pompeii," 23 Nov. 2020 The franchise has yet to outrun the discussion of the flaws that allowed last season to stunningly fall apart in the Western Conference semifinals after leading the best-of-seven series 3-1. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers open training camp with stars healthy and ready," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Outrun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrun. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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