out·​strip | \ˌau̇t-ˈstrip \
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

This has led to a glut of drivers that has outstripped demand, driving down wages and increasing traffic congestion. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber and Lyft are facing a major crackdown in New York City," 27 July 2018 Which means the odds of this hard-working home team outstripping their nasty pursuers are, exactly, nil. New York Times, "Review: Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville Lead a Hard-Run ‘Long Day’s Journey’," 13 May 2018 On some days in 2014, demand for the safety patrol to pick up public drunks outstripped demand for all other emergency services, including vehicle accidents, medical problems and fires, according to data supplied by the Anchorage Fire Department. Anchorage Daily News, "An endless loop: Homeless, alcoholic and dependent on Anchorage’s fraying and expensive safety net," 20 Jan. 2016 Bearing Arms The number of private firearms outstrips the number of gun owners. Joel Eastwood, WSJ, "How Many Guns Do Americans Own?," 31 Oct. 2018 Bucks County investigators referred the case to federal authorities when Price’s boasts of technological wizardry outstripped their own understanding. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Bitcoin or bust? Brazen cryptocurrency heist apparently never happened," 10 July 2018 At the time of writing on Tuesday morning, in the immediate wake of the Comcast announcement, Sky’s shares have shot up by more than 20% to £13.27, outstripping the price offered by either suitor. David Meyer, Fortune, "Comcast Just Bid $31 Billion to Buy Sky Out From Under Rupert Murdoch and Fox. Here's What You Need to Know.," 27 Feb. 2018 But with capacity fundamentally continuing to outstrip demand, any gains may prove short-lived. Bloomberg.com, "Apple Supplier Is Worst China Performer After Screen Prices Drop," 18 June 2018 But in most rich countries the supply of used clothing far outstrips demand. The Economist, "Rwanda refuses to remove tariffs on imports of used clothing," 31 May 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 \
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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