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outran

[out-ran] /ˌaʊtˈræn/
verb
1.
simple past tense of outrun.

outrun

[out-ruhn] /ˌaʊtˈrʌn/
verb (used with object), outran, outrun, outrunning.
1.
to run faster or farther than.
2.
to escape by or as if by running:
They managed to outrun the police.
3.
to exceed; excel; surpass.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; out + run
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Examples for outran
  • But at other times vehicles outran even their radio connections.
  • The smaller game taking over the continent simply outran them.
  • His expenses consistently outran his allowance from his father's estate, setting up a lifelong pattern of bad money management.
  • However, increased housing costs outran wages for lower income residents.
  • outran in the early part, he moved up fast rounding the turn, and came away under pres sure.
British Dictionary definitions for outran

outrun

/ˌaʊtˈrʌn/
verb (transitive) -runs, -running, -ran, -run
1.
to run faster, farther, or better than
2.
to escape from by or as if by running
3.
to go beyond; exceed
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Word Origin and History for outran

outrun

v.

mid-14c., "to run out," from out (adv.) + run (v.). Sense of "to outstrip in running" is from 1520s; figurative use from 1650s. Related: Outran; outrunning.

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