out·strip | \ˌau̇t-ˈstrip \
outstripped; outstripping; outstrips

Definition of outstrip 

transitive verb

1 : to go faster or farther than

2 : to get ahead of has civilization outstripped the ability of its users to use it?— Margaret Mead

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Choose the Right Synonym for outstrip

exceed, surpass, transcend, excel, outdo, outstrip mean to go or be beyond a stated or implied limit, measure, or degree. exceed implies going beyond a limit set by authority or established by custom or by prior achievement. exceed the speed limit surpass suggests superiority in quality, merit, or skill. the book surpassed our expectations transcend implies a rising or extending notably above or beyond ordinary limits. transcended the values of their culture excel implies preeminence in achievement or quality and may suggest superiority to all others. excels in mathematics outdo applies to a bettering or exceeding what has been done before. outdid herself this time outstrip suggests surpassing in a race or competition. outstripped other firms in sales

Examples of outstrip in a Sentence

The new hotel outstrips all other hotels in the area in size and luxury. The fullback outstripped the defenders and scored a touchdown.

Recent Examples on the Web

But with capacity fundamentally continuing to outstrip demand, any gains may prove short-lived. Bloomberg.com, "Apple Supplier Is Worst China Performer After Screen Prices Drop," 18 June 2018 But in most rich countries the supply of used clothing far outstrips demand. The Economist, "Rwanda refuses to remove tariffs on imports of used clothing," 31 May 2018 Input price increases have outstripped consumer price increases since late 2016, with some pipeline costs rising at two or three times the rate of consumer inflation, according to Labor Department data released on Wednesday. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Company Costs Are Rising, but Getting Shoppers to Pay More Is Hard," 9 May 2018 Demand for such a cryptocurrency could easily outstrip demand for conventional cryptocurrency, since volatility is one of their big weaknesses. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Basis—the “stable” cryptocurrency with $133 million invested—explained," 25 Apr. 2018 But investments in these new tokens have far outstripped their real-world use in the types of transactions for which they are intended. Nathaniel Popper And Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Bitcoin Falls Below $10,000 as Virtual Currency Bubble Deflates," 17 Jan. 2018 By 2012, East Coast demand had finally begun to outstrip West Coast demand. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "Bigger, better, faster: Let technology lead the way for your small business," 28 June 2018 On its second day of existence, the Hartford Line appeared to be outstripped by its own success. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "On Day 2, Hartford Line Service Marked By Cancellations, Delays," 17 June 2018 Out of a possible 100 points, Idaho scored only 38.86 — outstripping only New Mexico (37.79), Nevada (36.62), Mississippi (36.17) and West Virginia (35.69). Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Idaho's one of the worst states in the country for working moms. What about for dads?," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of outstrip

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for outstrip

out- + obsolete strip to move fast

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English Language Learners Definition of outstrip

: to be or become better, greater, or larger than (someone or something)

: to do better than (someone or something)

: to go faster than (someone or something)


out·strip | \au̇t-ˈstrip \
outstripped; outstripping

Kids Definition of outstrip

1 : to go faster or farther than She outstripped the other runners.

2 : to do better than We outstripped all rivals.

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