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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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

The central appeal of Facebook’s push is that mobile access to the Internet has in fact outstripped physical access to banks, which positions Facebook to offer financial services to unbanked people in the developing world. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Facebook may have too many users for its cryptocurrency to fail — even if you don’t trust it," 18 June 2019 For consumers, that's likely to mean a continuation of escalating home prices at the low end of the market, where demand has outstripped supply for years. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Trump tariffs hit local homebuilders and buyers hard," 9 June 2019 These days, the need for resettlement is far outstripping countries’ willingness to take in refugees. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "Canada now offers refugees the best chance for a permanent home," 20 June 2019 Early Chinese sci-fi imagined a China that caught up with the West and then outstripped it. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds," 17 June 2019 Ride-share trips are far outstripping cab trips — with almost 10 million rides just in March, compared with 21 million taxi trips for all of 2018, according to the city. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Ride-sharing was supposed to cut traffic congestion and supplement public transit. But has it worked?," 6 June 2019 Growth in demand for chemicals already outstrips the need for liquid fuels, and that gap will widen in coming decades, according to the International Energy Agency. Jack Kaskey, latimes.com, "Oil giants bet their futures on plastic — just in time for a plastic-trash crackdown," 6 June 2019 The changeover has angered parents who have been shocked by the bats’ high costs — $45 to $350 — and frustrated that the demand has seemingly outstripped the supply. New York Times, "New Rules for Bats Leave Youth Baseball Parents With the Bill," 4 June 2018 Since the rules were issued, the transportation sector has outstripped electric power to become the top source of greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump administration drafts plan to challenge California on auto emissions standards," 30 Apr. 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 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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