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[out-stey] /ˌaʊtˈsteɪ/
verb (used with object)
to stay longer than.
to stay beyond the time or duration of; overstay:
to outstay one's welcome.
Origin of outstay
1590-1600; out- + stay1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for outstay
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  • At length, fearing to outstay his welcome, he rose reluctantly to take his leave.

    Three More John Silence Stories Algernon Blackwood
  • He had pledged himself so faithfully not to outstay the first attack!

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • He tried to outstay Mr. Sherman last night, but he didn't manage it.

    Chronicles of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • With that knowledge, surely with that in his mind, he could outstay their patience.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • Brett looked at his watch, though by this time he had made up his mind to outstay the others.

    Marion Darche F. Marion Crawford
  • As he had entered the office first, it was in order for me to outstay him, which I did.

  • He meant to outstay the rest, for he wished to speak with Wetmore alone, and it seemed as though those people would never go.

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
  • She was most anxious on this first occasion not to outstay her welcome.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • He seems right hospitable, but I don't reckon I'll outstay my welcome.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • Come, Josie,' said thoughtful Bess, fearing to outstay their welcome.

    Jo's Boys Louisa May Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for outstay


verb (transitive)
to stay longer than
to stay beyond (a limit)
outstay one's welcome, See overstay (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outstay

c.1600, from out (adv.) + stay (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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