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

The sudden enrollment increase outstripped the district’s ability to add staff. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, "Morton Grove school district invites input as it navigates unexpected 25% increase in students," 9 Sep. 2019 Opium production in 2017 outstripped legal agricultural output in the state by about $132 million, according to the international policy think tank Noria Research. Los Angeles Times, "Death, made in Mexico: Traffickers embrace fentanyl," 1 Sep. 2019 The number of migrants requesting asylum has outstripped the court system’s capacities and led to families being kept in detention camps with inhumane conditions. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The US has a special immigration exception just for Cubans," 21 June 2019 But China’s growth often outstripped its ability to identify corruption or enforce its own laws. New York Times, "Bribes and Backdoor Deals Help Foreign Firms Sell to China’s Hospitals," 14 June 2019 When China had a big surplus, its savings, at 50% of GDP, far outstripped even its colossal investment. The Economist, "China’s vanished current-account surplus will change the world economy," 17 May 2018 The growth in single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums being rented out outstripped home sales growth. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Mortgage rates have fallen. Will homebuyers respond? Houston waits," 11 Sep. 2019 The 50,000 almond and pistachio acres of the Resnick’s Paramount Farms outstripped the second-place growers by 3-to-1 in 2014, the most recent ranking. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Right-wingers again demonize the tiny delta smelt to protect Big Agriculture," 12 Aug. 2019 The United States ended dollar convertibility to gold in 1971 as foreign holdings of dollars outstripped America’s gold reserves, threatening a run. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Trump’s Decision to Tap Shelton Creates Political Risk for the Fed," 3 July 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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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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