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[out-ruhn] /ˌaʊtˈrʌn/
verb (used with object), outran, outrun, outrunning.
to run faster or farther than.
to escape by or as if by running:
They managed to outrun the police.
to exceed; excel; surpass.
Origin of outrun
1520-30; out + run Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What is primarily needed today is make the former to outrun the latter.
  • Information technology is going to outrun the capabilities of workers at nearly all levels.
  • As it is, it's pretty clear that events have outrun planning.
  • Zeal, however, must not outrun discretion in changing abstract to concrete.
  • The world has outrun the courts, and legal technicalities have outlived their usefulness.
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  • The two actors in this claustrophobic debacle are somewhat better than their material, but the material is not easily outrun.
  • Beware ye hardy shipmates that in this world and worlds to come that reality doth not outrun thine apprehensions.
  • Windows upgrade makes strides to outrun the bad guys.
  • In their off-time, they'd convene at rural racetracks to outrun each other.
British Dictionary definitions for outrun


verb (transitive) -runs, -running, -ran, -run
to run faster, farther, or better than
to escape from by or as if by running
to go beyond; exceed
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Word Origin and History for outrun

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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