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 That is good enough to handily outstrip the share performance of big profitable U.S. banks like JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. ... Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The World’s Best-Performing Big Lender Stock? Deutsche Bank," 15 June 2020 As a result, demand for the most affordable end of the housing market will likely outstrip supply, driving up prices most quickly for those who can least afford it. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Entry level homes may see prices rise due to shortage, low mortgage rates," 10 June 2020 These posh mongrels with pure-blood parents are outstripping their pedigree Kennel Club cousins in popularity (see chart). The Economist, "The dog business Rising puppy prices," 28 May 2020 Usually, the technology industry adjusts when demand for a programming language outstrips the supply of capable coders. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "If you’re an expert in COBOL, you’re suddenly in high demand," 13 Apr. 2020 As the coronavirus spreads, demand for N95 respirators is far outstripping supply, endangering the lives of health workers. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Coronavirus Prompts Hospitals to Find Ways to Reuse Masks Amid Shortages," 31 Mar. 2020 In some cases, the demand is outstripping inventory. Julie Creswell, New York Times, "‘Where Do I Find Your Hand Sanitizer?’ Sorry, We Have None.," 29 Feb. 2020 Still, the domestic milk supply is outstripping demand. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "America's milk industry is struggling. Don't blame oat milk," 21 Nov. 2019 Rideshare trips are also far outstripping cab trips. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Via rideshare expands to entire city; offers $2.50 rides to and from transit stops," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Outstrip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstrip. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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