outstrip

verb out·strip \ ˌau̇t-ˈstrip \

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

Examples of outstrip in a Sentence

  1. The new hotel outstrips all other hotels in the area in size and luxury.

  2. The fullback outstripped the defenders and scored a touchdown.

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Origin and Etymology of outstrip

out- + obsolete strip to move fast

Synonym Discussion of 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

OUTSTRIP Defined for English Language Learners

outstrip

verb

Definition of outstrip for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


OUTSTRIP Defined for Kids

outstrip

verb out·strip \ au̇t-ˈstrip \

Definition of outstrip for Students

outstripped; outstripping
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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