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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No athlete, regardless of how gifted, can outrun, or out-train, biology. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Appreciate the US women while you can, because change will inevitably come," 4 July 2019 On Sunday, Coleman outran Gatlin and everybody else in the 100 at the Prefontaine Classic at Stanford. Tom Fitzgerald, SFChronicle.com, "Prefontaine track meet: Christian Coleman beats Justin Gatlin in 100 meters," 30 June 2019 The fluid is moving faster than the speed of sound, so no sound can outrun the fluid to escape in the opposite direction. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Sonic black holes produce “Hawking radiation,” may confirm famous theory," 30 May 2019 Nonetheless, in Evinrude's testing on a Key West 203, the G2 150 outran the same boat with a Yamaha 150 by 3.5 mph at cruise speed while getting 17 to 20 percent better fuel economy. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Evinrude's New E-TEC 150 Is the Most Efficient Boat Engine We've Ever Seen," 12 June 2019 By high school Birkar had outrun his older brother’s mathematical knowledge and was left to learn the subject on his own. Quanta Magazine, "An Innovator Who Brings Order to an Infinitude of Equations," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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