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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some experts, however, say the potential pool of eligible families may quickly outstrip the program's funding. CBS News, 12 May 2021 Some economists, including Lawrence Summers, a former Treasury Secretary, however, warn that President Biden’s free spending could ignite inflation that would outstrip wage gains and leave consumers struggling to make ends meet. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 The United States is rapidly approaching a time when the supply of vaccine will outstrip the number of people willing to get vaccinated. Mark Cancian, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Migration aside, dense urbanization leads to the spread of infectious disease, too, because burgeoning populations quickly outstrip sanitation infrastructure. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 Officials always knew that the country would reach a point where the supply of once-scarce shots would outstrip the demand. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 3 June 2021 Cash coming back to investors from municipal bond coupons and maturities in June, July and August will far outstrip new issues. Marilyn Cohen, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The recommendations come as more than 52 percent of eligible people in the United States have gotten at least one shot, but vaccine supply has begun to outstrip demand. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2021 This meant that demand would probably outstrip liquidity, and could lead to huge spreads on the market and really good trades. Brendan Doherty, Forbes, 16 May 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Outstrip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstrip. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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