out·​stay | \ ˌau̇t-ˈstā How to pronounce outstay (audio) \
outstayed; outstaying; outstays

Definition of outstay

transitive verb

1 : overstay outstayed their welcome
2 : to surpass in staying power outstayed his competitors

Examples of outstay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The longest of Beethoven’s three optional cadenzas outstayed its welcome. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Five pianists, Fort Worth Symphony perform all five Beethoven piano concertos," 5 Jan. 2020 The snow will have outstayed its welcome, and the world outside will be pale and cold. David Kelly, Los Angeles Times, "Heading south in Steinbeck’s footsteps, with a Prius and a plan," 5 Oct. 2019 The technical secretary has also struggled to offload a number players who have outstayed their welcome at the club. SI.com, "Barcelona Prepare to Part Company With Technical Secretary Ahead of Busy Summer in Transfer Market," 7 June 2018 But an artist should never outstay his welcome or fizzle out in mediocrity. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "Gracias, Andrés: In Appreciation of Iniesta, Barcelona's Midfield Legend," 26 Apr. 2018 This wind has long outstayed its welcome, continuing to whip around at a decent clip of 15 to 20 mph with gusts around 30 mph this afternoon. Rick Grow, Washington Post, "PM Update: Remaining breezy tonight; sunny with diminishing winds on Monday," 4 Mar. 2018 My Dorothy Hamill hair, white Capezio dance shoes and red tuxedo jacket had long outstayed their welcome. Dylan Mcdermott, New York Times, "Dylan McDermott: The First Time I Waited On a Celebrity’s Table," 2 Jan. 2018 Communist China knows only too well the dangers of a personality cult and a leader who outstays his welcome. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "As Xi Jinping gets another 5-year term, Chinese wonder if he’ll be another Putin," 14 Oct. 2017 This includes the borderline offensive treatment of one of the original's bright spots, who is removed from the picture early on, presumably to facilitate a ridiculous cameo that far outstays its welcome. Tom Philip, GQ, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of outstay

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outstay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstay. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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out·​stay | \ au̇t-ˈstā How to pronounce outstay (audio) \
outstayed; outstaying

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