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

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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.

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Investors point out that return relative to the amount of government aid the firms received far outstrips the $16 billion return on TARP, the federal bailout fund for banks during the crisis. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "Popular Hedge Fund Bet on Fannie and Freddie Is Paying Off Big This Year," 26 Jan. 2019 The global bank’s shares fell 4% in London trading after the bank said cost growth outstripped revenue at the end of 2018. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "HSBC’s Profit Misses Analysts’ Expectations," 19 Feb. 2019 The Postal Service’s enthusiasm for electric vehicles has often outstripped the support of the vehicle-makers themselves. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Female country artists outstrip males in the ranking, 70 to 65, and six of the top 10 country artists are female: Underwood, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Sheryl Crow and Trisha Yearwood. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Nielsen Study Touts Financial Power Of Women In Country: 'They Really Set the Bar in Terms of Marketability'," 2 May 2018 Visitor counts immediately outstripped consultants’ projections, which leaders had worried might be too optimistic. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Discovery Green marks 10th anniversary," 15 Apr. 2018 The increase in pay will help households that have seen their living standards squeezed for almost two years, as wages are now outstripping inflation, which in the year to July stood at 2.5 percent. Pan Pylas, The Seattle Times, "UK wages pick up, should bolster growth as Brexit looms," 11 Sep. 2018 But there was to be no curtain call for Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, both eliminated at the last 16 stage by teams whose collective talent outstripped the individual ability of their opponents' talismanic superstars. SI.com, "Messi vs Ronaldo: The Myth of the One-Man Team & the Overwhelming Importance of Trust," 2 July 2018 And the cause is that demand is outstripping the NHS’s ability to supply care. The Economist, "Theresa May’s lacklustre plan for the NHS," 21 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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The first known use of outstrip was in 1567

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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 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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