out·​strip | \ ˌau̇t-ˈstrip How to pronounce outstrip (audio) \
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

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 Inflation excluding food and energy prices, which tend to be more volatile, is also expected to outstrip the bank’s 2 percent target through 2024. New York Times, 9 June 2022 Inflation has accelerated to 8.6% over the last 12 months, the highest rate in 40 years, and continues to outstrip most raises in pay. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 7 July 2022 That means crude prices should climb as demand continues to outstrip supply. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 1 July 2022 While plenty of job-hunters are drawn to the energy of a high-growth company, demand still tends to outstrip supply. Katya Laviolette, Forbes, 27 May 2022 In industry after industry, supply began to far outstrip demand. Jane Hu, The New Yorker, 18 May 2022 Of course, demand will drastically outstrip supply for all of Springsteen’s one-night-stand arena dates, which count as a drastic underplay by his usual multi-nighter standards. Chris Willman, Variety, 20 July 2022 Given the pandemic, an aging population and relatively low fertility rates, Eurostat said deaths should continue to outstrip births in the coming years. Fox News, 11 July 2022 At most universities, operating budgets for male sports and male coaches’ salaries far outstrip those for women’s sports and coaches, and women also have fewer scholarship opportunities than men, notes Cahn. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2022 See More

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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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“Outstrip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstrip. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for outstrip


out·​strip | \ au̇t-ˈstrip How to pronounce outstrip (audio) \
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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