out·​strip ˌau̇t-ˈstrip How to pronounce outstrip (audio)
outstripped; outstripping; outstrips

transitive verb

: to go faster or farther than
: 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 With pop acts like Swift cutting multiple editions of LPs to encourage collectors, plus a constant churn of pricy back-catalog reissues, vinyl pressing demand already outstripped capacity. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2024 Since the closure of Western Australia’s Argyle Mine in 2020, the demand for pink diamonds has outstripped a rapidly dwindling supply. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for outstrip 

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Word History


out- + obsolete strip to move fast

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outstrip was in 1567

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“Outstrip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstrip. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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out·​strip -ˈstrip How to pronounce outstrip (audio)
outstripped; outstripping
: to go faster or farther than
outstripped the other runners
: excel
outstripped all rivals
: exceed sense 1
demand outstrips supply

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