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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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 accomplishment would far outstrip the goal laid out by Pres. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Daily coronavirus updates: Vaccine demand dropping sharply in Connecticut, even as vaccination rate ranks high nationally," 6 May 2021 Most products Walmart sells show up as revenue, so by that measure Walmart will outstrip Amazon for several years. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Report: Amazon will pass Walmart in U.S. retail sales in 2025," 27 Apr. 2021 Again, there were no blackouts at this time, and electricity demand did not outstrip supply. Ed Hirs, Forbes, "How Market Disincentives Are Again Squeezing The Texas Power Grid," 20 Apr. 2021 In coming weeks, the supply of doses may outstrip demand. Author: Joel Achenbach, Jacqueline Dupree, Anchorage Daily News, "Spring wave of coronavirus crashes across 38 states as hospitalizations increase," 16 Apr. 2021 The main fear for a too-big bill is that additional government spending will outstrip the needs of the economy and lead to excessive inflation. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "How to make the US stimulus better," 23 Feb. 2021 Officials say that given the efficiency and growing capacity of the vaccine rollout, supply could outstrip demand in the coming weeks. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Michigan vaccine rebuff puts Biden and a top ally in a dicey political spot," 13 Apr. 2021 Biden administration officials are anticipating the supply of coronavirus vaccine to outstrip US demand by mid-May if not sooner, and are grappling with what to do with looming surpluses when vaccine scarcity turns to glut. BostonGlobe.com, "Eligibility for vaccines rapidly expanding across US," 26 Mar. 2021 Biden administration officials are anticipating the supply of coronavirus vaccine to outstrip U.S. demand by mid-May if not sooner, and are grappling with what to do with looming surpluses when vaccine scarcity turns to glut. New York Times, "For Biden, a New Virus Dilemma: How to Handle a Looming Glut of Vaccine," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Outstrip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstrip. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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