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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There were two highlight plays by Odell Beckham Jr., including the longest catch of his career, an 89-yard touchdown that saw him outmaneuver and outrun the Jets defense. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "The Browns offense is struggling, but there’s still a lot of upside," 17 Sep. 2019 Two series later, Hill tossed a short dump-off pass to Marvin Kinsey Jr. and the senior broke a tackle and outran two defenders for a 77-yard score. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Colorado State rolls past Western Illinois behind 440 yards of offense in first half," 7 Sep. 2019 His longest touchdown came on a 93-yard jaunt to the end zone after catching a quick pass, getting a key block from a fellow receiver and outrunning the entire Bartlett defense to pay dirt. Author: Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "West quarterback has a hand in six touchdowns to lead Eagles past Bartlett," 7 Sep. 2019 In 1983, at age 35, Branch tied the N.F.L. record with a 99-yard touchdown catch in a regular-season game, gathering in a pass from Plunkett against the Redskins in Washington and outrunning their secondary. William Mcdonald, New York Times, "Cliff Branch, Raiders’ Elusive All-Pro Receiver, Dies at 71," 5 Aug. 2019 But even this price tag is not always necessary to outrun the proverbial bear. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Should Companies Bolster Their Cybersecurity by ‘Hacking Back?’," 24 July 2019 On the very next play, Mayfield hit Beckham with a slant pass, and the receiver outran the Jets’ defenders all the way to the end zone for an 89-yard TD that put Cleveland up, 23-3, with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter. BostonGlobe.com, "Odell Beckham on what it meant to return to MetLife," 17 Sep. 2019 Todd Gurley took a toss left and simply outran Trey Hendrickson and A.J. Klein to the corner, then dove for the pylon. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019 On the very next play, Mayfield hit Beckham with a slant pass, and the receiver outran the Jets' defenders all the way to the end zone for an 89-yard TD that put Cleveland up 23-3 with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter. oregonlive, "Odell Beckham, Jr. powers the Cleveland Browns to the win over the New York Jets: Recap, score, stats and more," 16 Sep. 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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