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[out-last, -lahst] /ˌaʊtˈlæst, -ˈlɑst/
verb (used with object)
to endure or last longer than:
The pyramids outlasted the civilization that built them.
to live longer than; outlive.
Origin of outlast
1565-75; out- + last2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outlast
  • In its present form stock-raising on the plains is doomed, and can hardly outlast the century.
  • He made no allusion to his term being near, to the probability that he should not outlast the summer.
  • She admired their durability then, the fact that they would long outlast her.
  • On stage you are marketing a brand and image that will outlast any gadget.
  • But whether that vision will outlast his presidency remains to be seen.
  • The army's influence can outlast its direct control.
  • Unease about unemployment looks set to continue because joblessness tends to outlast economic recessions.
  • So it could outlast any rival, albeit not painlessly, in a prolonged price war.
  • But he can console himself with one thought: that he may yet outlast many of his rivals.
  • These pieces have an enduring vibrancy and an enduring radicalism that will outlast all booms and busts, all changes in fashion.
British Dictionary definitions for outlast


(transitive) to last longer than
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Word Origin and History for outlast

"to last longer than," 1570s, from out (adv.) + last (v.). Related: Outlasted; outlasting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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